TEHRAN (defapress) – Russia's Permanent Representative to the IAEA Mikhail Ulyanov ruled out claims by US hawks that Moscow is supporting the JCPOA in order to sell more weapons to Iran from October when a UN ban on arms sales to Tehran will end.
News ID: 81093
Publish Date: 13May 2020 - 13:34
“Do you know why Russia supports #JCPOA? Because from October, RF (Russian Federation) will be able to earn some money from supplies of weapons to #Iran. it’s not a joke. This is an assessment of hawks. We can only sympathize with Washington whose experts deliver such judgments to US administration,” Ulyanov tweeted on Wednesday.
Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington technically remained a “participant” in the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in order to use a mechanism embedded within the accord to make the UN maintain an arms embargo on Tehran.
Diplomats say the United States would face a messy battle if it tries to trigger a return of sanctions, which includes the arms ban on Iran.
The United States has raised with the European parties to the deal the possibility of restoring sanctions if it is unable to get the 15-member Security Council to stop an arms embargo on Iran from expiring in October.
A resolution to do so needs nine yes votes and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, France or Britain.