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Russian senior diplomat sees no reasons for meeting between P5+1, Iran

October 21, 15:05 updated at: October 21, 16:37 UTC+3

"We believe some time will pass before we can see the agenda for a Joint Commission - the body, responsible for those issues," Sergei Ryabkov said

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MOSCOW, October 21. /TASS/. As yet there are no reasons for a meeting between the Sextet of international mediators (Russia, the UK, China, the USA, France and Germany) and Iran on the situation around the Iranian nuclear program, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday.

"As yet, there are no reasons for it [the meeting], we believe some time will pass before we can see the agenda for a Joint Commission - the body, responsible for those issues," he said, calling on the US counterparts "to treat most carefully all these instruments."

The US has not withdrawn from the agreement, he continued, "and the president [Donald Trump] has put the question in a different aspect." Thus, he said, "what we have should be used also for discussing possible discrepancies and differences." "At the current stage, we are not ready yet to organize such a meeting, we still require time to think over the situation, to analyze it and continue dialogues in different formats, bilateral first of all - like it was on the sidelines of the Moscow conference [on non-proliferation]," the Russian diplomat said.

On July 14, 2015, Iran and six international mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) reached a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. 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 for abandoned sanctions, imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over the Iranian nuclear program.

On October 13, the US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s new strategy against Teheran. Thus, it says that the United States will seek to offset Iran’s destabilizing influence and will call on the international community to get consolidated for exerting pressure on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC, Iran's most powerful security and military organization). Apart from that, the US blacklisted the IRGC as an organization supporting terrorism. Donald Trump refused to confirm Iran observed the agreement on the nuclear program and promised changes to the document.

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