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Russian, French senior diplomats discuss prospects for implementation of Iran deal

May 15, 2018, 23:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian side reiterated its commitment to the deal

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MOSCOW, May 15. /TASS/. Prospects for the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iran nuclear program were in focus of conversation between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Emmanuel Bonne, a senior official at the French foreign ministry, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"The focus was made on the prospects for the further implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program following the United States’ withdrawal from it," the ministry said. "The Russian side reiterated its commitment to the deal."

Last week, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as it, in his words, leaves Iran a possibility to create a nuclear bomb bypassing all the restrictions. He said another agreement with Iran should be signed.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran’s nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six international mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015. On January 16, 2016, the parties to the deal announced beginning of its implementation. Under the deal, Iran undertakes to curb its nuclear activities and place them under total control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange of abandonment of the sanctions imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.

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