Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia on Friday asked the United States to stay in an international agreement with Iran over Iran’s nuclear program.
Asked what would be Russia’s message to the United States at a possible meeting next week between Iran and six world powers, Nebenzia said: “Stay in the JCPOA.”
JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was reached in July 2015 between Iran and China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States over a peaceful use of nuclear program by Iran.
“This is very important,” he told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.
“This is not only our message, but the rest of the participants, and those that are outside are also trying to send this message across,” said Nebenzia.
The nuclear agreement between Iran and the six countries faced severe threats after a fallout between Washington and Tehran.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who had called the Iran nuclear deal a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated,” approved new sanctions on Iran in August for its missile program.
Iran accused Washington of breaching the 2015 agreement, but Washington argued that the sanctions were not related to the nuclear deal.