Russian diplomat accuses European powers of blocking Iran nuclear deal revival

The Russian diplomat described the behaviour of the three European countries, also known as E3, as a strange game. He noted that while they demand full compliance from Iran, they have failed to fulfil their commitments under the deal.

A senior Russian diplomat has accused the European signatories to the Iran nuclear deal of failing to meet their obligations and obstructing efforts to revive the agreement abandoned by the United States. Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, made these assertions in a recent interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

Ulyanov stated that the negotiations to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, have been unsuccessful due to insufficient efforts from the European trio (France, Germany, and Britain) and the United States. He emphasized that Iran is not the party blocking the negotiations, asserting that Tehran is prepared to resume talks.

The Russian diplomat described the behaviour of the three European countries, also known as E3, as a strange game. He noted that while they demand full compliance from Iran, they have failed to fulfil their commitments under the deal. Ulyanov also pointed out that the E3 has been deflecting blame onto Russia and Iran for the failure of the JCPOA revival talks.

The negotiations to restore the JCPOA began in April 2021, three years after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the UN Security Council-endorsed agreement and imposed severe economic sanctions on Iran. Since then, Iran has criticized the lack of commitment from the US and E3 to revive the deal and has subsequently increased its nuclear activities in response to their non-compliance.

This development comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East and ongoing concerns about nuclear proliferation. The JCPOA, signed in 2015, was designed to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Its potential revival has been a key focus of international diplomacy in recent years.

The situation remains fluid, with stakeholders closely watching for any signs of progress or further complications in the efforts to revive the JCPOA. The coming weeks and months may prove crucial in determining the future of this significant international agreement and its implications for global nuclear non-proliferation efforts.