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Russia Urges US to End ‘Meaningless’ Pressure Policy on Iran Deal

Russia Urges US to End ‘Meaningless’ Pressure Policy on Iran Deal
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By Staff, Agencies

Russia called on the United States to abandon its “meaningless” campaign of so-called maximum pressure against Iran in order for the 2015 nuclear deal to get back on track.

“The US is sending signals of readiness for dialogue to restore the JCPOA. It is welcomed,” Russia’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said in a Russian-language tweet on Monday, using an acronym for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the nuclear accord.

“It’s time to put an end to the meaningless policy of maximum pressure on Iran and ensure the normal functioning of the nuclear deal, the most important component of the nuclear non-proliferation regime,” he added.

Ulyanov’s comments came days after the US mission to Vienna-based international organizations said in a tweet that Washington, “is ready to reengage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with” the Iran deal “in close coordination with our allies and partners.”

Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the JCPOA in May 2018, and unleashed the “maximum pressure” campaign with the goal of forcing Iran to negotiate “a better agreement.”

That policy failed to yield result as the Islamic Republic refused to bow down to the US pressure and threats and responded to its campaign with “maximum resistance.”

Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, expressed a willingness to bring the US back to the nuclear accord. However, his administration is demanding that Iran walk back all its remedial steps which it has taken in response to the US violations and the Europeans’ failure to meet their end of the bargain.

Iran insists the United States has to lift its sanctions before Tehran considers a reversal.