‘Huge mistake’ to miss chance to revive Iran nuclear deal, Russia warns

Russia says missing the opportunity to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is a “huge mistake,” noting the parties that destroyed the multilateral agreement bear responsibility to bring it back to life.

Speaking to reporters after chairing a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov emphasized that an agreement had already been reached on restoring the US-abandoned Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but the Europeans are no longer enthusiastic about it and the US seeks another option.

“We assume that the agreement to resume it (the JCPOA) was reached quite a while ago. Now, European countries have lost their enthusiasm for some reason, and US officials say via different channels on the conditions of anonymity that another option should be sought. It appears to me that it would be a huge mistake to skip the chance of resuming this deal,” he said.

The top Russian diplomat also said that the JCPOA revival “does not depend on Iran, Russia, or China” at the current stage, adding, however, that “the ones who destroyed it must now bring it back to life.”

The efforts aimed at setting “new requirements” for resurrecting the nuclear deal “complicate the process and reflect the policy of grasping unilateral advantages through bargaining or blackmail,” Lavrov asserted.

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