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Russian envoy says UN chief’s report may undermine implementation of Iranian nuclear deal

July 18, 21:42 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
The Russian diplomat voiced criticism of the document as containing factual mistakes and being complied with the use of inadmissible methods of data selection
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Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin

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UNITED NATIONS, July 18. /TASS/. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s report on the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers look politically motivated and may potentially be harmful for the agreements reached, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told a Security Council session on Monday.

The Russian diplomat voiced criticism of the document as containing factual mistakes and being complied with the use of inadmissible methods of data selection.

"Let us be straight: the United Nations secretary general’s report to the Security Council is not fitting the necessary business rhythm. The document is politically motivated and goes far beyond the frames of factual summary of the course of the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2231," he said. "Moreover, it contains a lot of irrelevant information."

"In its current wording, the report is unlikely to promote sustainable implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more to it, it can potentially work towards undermining the agreements reached."

Listing key drawbacks of the document, the Russian diplomat pointed to "gross factual mistakes." "Thus, for instance, the JCPOA has never been signed as is said in the report," he noted. "As for information selecting and use methods, we think it inadmissible to use unverified data taken from the mass media or obtained from certain countries, the more so in cases when the consideration of an issue is far from completion. The United Nations secretariat should use only official information or verified facts."

Sections related Iran’s alleged violations of Security Council Resolution 2231 in support of the nuclear deal "should have been reduced to a brief summary of the matter, official preliminary commentaries of the parties concerned and a reference saying that information confirming these statements is not yet available and the matter is still under consideration," Churkin said. "Their analysis is not yet over, except missile launches, so, any conclusions or recommendations on that matter are premature or even impossible in case there is no verified information."

According to the Russian diplomat, Russia suggested the United Nations secretariat make some corrections to the report but Russia’s initiatives were ignored. "We wanted to avoid public criticism in respect of the secretary general. But our remarks and initiatives were not heard," he said.

In his report to the Security Council, Ban Ki-moon arrived at the conclusion that Iran is implementing its liabilities under the deal with the six powers (Russia, Great Britain, Germany, China, the United States and France) concerning of curtailing its nuclear program and is duly cooperating with the IAEA. However he expressed concern over Teheran’s ballistic missile launches in March as potentially capable of aggravating tensions in the region.

According to the U.N. chief, these actions "are not consistent with the constructive spirit" of the JCPOA. Apart from that, the report mentions photos posted in the media that feature missiles bearing anti-Israeli slogans. He also included in his report the U.S.’ allegations about interception of Iranian cargoes with weapons meant, according to the U.S. side, for Yemeni rebels. On top of that, the report also says about foreign trips by Iranian officials who are on the sanction list.

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