Putin, Rouhani affirm commitment to JCPOA

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a meeting with Muslim leaders and scholars in Hyderabad, India, February 15, 2018. /Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Thursday affirmed their support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear programme

The two leaders held a telephone conversation that focused on various issues, including the JCPOA.

“Vladimir Putin pointed out that the JCPOA was vital for the maintenance of global stability and security,” a statement by Kremlin said.

“Hassan Rouhani reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to the JCPOA and readiness for equal and constructive collaboration both with all of its signatories and within the IAEA. He also thanked Vladimir Putin for Russia’s consistent stand in favour of preserving and implementing the nuclear deal,” it added.

JCPOA, signed in 2015 by Iran and six world powers, including the United States, the Additional Protocol allows UN inspectors from the IAEA to carry out more intrusive inspections of Iran’s nuclear program.

Under the JCPOA, the United States, Russia, China, Germany, Britain and France in 2015 agreed to the deal with Iran that prevents Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanctions relief.

U.S. President Donald Trump however pulled out of the pact in 2018 and reimposed sanctions, saying the agreement did not do enough to contain Tehran’s missile program and regional influence.

In their telephone conversation, President Putin and President Rouhani also discussed their countries’ fight against COVID-19, which continues to spread despite concerted global efforts to bring it under control.

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