Iran Urges EU to Hold Meeting of JCPOA Joint Commission

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Iran's foreign minister is due to land in Brussels later Tuesday on the final leg of a global tour rallying diplomatic support for the country's nuclear deal after the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal. "I mean the failed attempt of the E3 states to reach an agreement with the United States on improving the deal", Ryabkov said.

European firms, especially those from France and Germany, rushed to invest in Iran following the 2015 agreement, under which Tehran agreed to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the repeal of punishing worldwide sanctions.

"We believe that this occurred mainly due to the reasons, which are not tied to the JCPOA, and frankly speaking, the USA representatives are not hiding this", Ryabkov said.

The diplomat also stressed that Moscow feared that the United States withdrawal from the deal with Iran might "become a prelude to the further escalation of military tensions in the Middle East".

Tehran has warned it is preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe can provide solid guarantees that it can maintain the economic benefits it gained from the nuclear agreement despite the USA reimposing sanctions. "We need to determine parameters for work within the JCPOA without the US", Ryabkov noted. "We believe that this is possible not only theoretically, but practically", Ryabkov told the Valdai discussion club. "Much depends on the politicians' will, chiefly in the European countries".

China's Foreign Ministry said talks included an "exchange of views with relevant parties on the developments of the Iranian nuclear issue". "The Foreign Ministry believes the United States will not change its mind".

The EU's executive arm, the European Commission, has been examining measures to counter the introduction of any USA sanctions that might harm European businesses and is expected to unveil them to EU leaders at a meeting in Bulgaria on Wednesday. "The same concerns the reconfiguration of the Fordow enrichment facility - to the extent the other partakers will adhere to the agreement", he said. "Russia will comply with its obligations under the JCPOA to the full".

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