Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, has vehemently denied accusations by Western countries that Russia and Iran violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which pertains to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program.
Addressing the UN on December 19, Nebenzya categorically stated that both Russia and Iran have adhered to the provisions outlined in Resolution 2231 and challenged the credibility of evidence presented by Western nations.
“There were and could not be any deliveries in circumvention of the requirements of Security Council Resolution 2231. No credible evidence to the contrary was provided, nor was there any evidence that the debris presented by the Americans and the British were collected in Ukraine,” Nebenzya asserted, refuting claims that suggested a breach of the resolution.
The diplomat’s remarks come amid heightened tensions and accusations involving Iran’s nuclear program and its compliance with the JCPOA. Nebenzya’s strong denial underscores Russia’s commitment to presenting a counter-narrative and demanding evidence that substantiates the allegations.
While defending Russia’s stance on the allegations, Nebenzya added a diplomatic dimension to the discussion by stating that Iran’s return to compliance with the provisions of the JCPOA hinges on coordinated actions by Western countries. He emphasized that a constructive and collaborative approach from Western parties in the deal, as well as the United States, is essential for Iran to resume its suspended voluntary responsibilities related to limiting its nuclear energy program.
Nebenzya’s acknowledgement of the role played by Western nations in the current predicament signals a diplomatic call for collective responsibility in navigating the complexities surrounding the JCPOA. The Russian representative urged Western nations to take the necessary steps to facilitate Iran’s return to full compliance, indicating the interconnectedness of global efforts in addressing concerns related to Iran’s nuclear activities.
Despite the challenges and allegations, Nebenzya reaffirmed Russia’s unwavering belief in the indispensability of the JCPOA for international security. He underscored the critical importance of restarting the deal, emphasizing its role as a linchpin in addressing global security concerns related to Iran’s nuclear program.
The JCPOA, initially signed in 2015 by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, aimed to alleviate international concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The subsequent withdrawal of the United States in 2018 and the challenges in resurrecting the agreement have created a complex diplomatic landscape.
As discussions surrounding the JCPOA continue, Russia’s proactive stance seeks to influence the narrative and promote a diplomatic resolution. The call for a restart of the JCPOA remains central to Russia’s diplomatic strategy, reflecting a commitment to a cooperative approach to address global security challenges related to Iran’s nuclear activities.