Russia warns US will be responsible for collapse of Iran nuclear deal


Moscow, Nov 2 : Russia on Wednesday warned Washington that the responsibility for the possible “collapse” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Tehran’s nuclear programme will lie entirely with the United States.

“No changes, amendments or corrections to the current agreement are possible, as it is a very well-measured and delicate balance of interests and compromises,” Russia Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters.

“If something needs to be discussed additionally, it should be a totally different issue for discussion,” Ryabkov said.

“I see no intention to conduct such discussions with the Iranian side,” he noted.

Ryabkov said the US is trying to negatively affect cooperation between Moscow and Teheran.

“We feel destructive influence from the American side, which is trying, in particular, to negatively affect cooperation through its stable, powerful positions in the financial banking sector by creating obstacles for normal financial transactions. Many other things are also happening in this area,” Ryabkov said, adding “We can see it.”

“We will continue working with Iran in various areas, the way we did before, in accordance with the existing agreements, international law, our own legislative and other norms,” he said.

“I am confident that visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to Tehran will be marked by new important agreements, and we will soon learn about them,” he added.

Putin will be on a working visit to Tehran to take part in a trilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.