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Iran and Russia call for removal of sanctions to save nuclear deal

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amir Abdolahian called on Thursday for the removal of US economic sanctions to save the 2015 nuclear pact, a position supported by his visiting Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov. in Tehran.

“I hope talks resume soon,” Abdolahian told a news conference alongside Lavrov.

Abdolahian once again called for the removal of the sanctions reimposed in 2018 by then US President Donald Trump to revive the agreement that limited the Iranian nuclear program.

Talks to salvage the nuclear deal have been stalled since March, something Tehran blames Washington for.

Lavrov supported Tehran’s position during the press conference with Abdolahian.

“The United States makes it difficult to talk about the agreement,” said the Russian minister, adding that Washington “violated” international law by withdrawing from the agreement.

“All sanctions on Iran that violate the terms of the JCPOA (acronym in English of the agreement) must be eliminated immediately,” Lavrov requested.

“I hope that the United States makes the right choice,” stressed the Russian.

In recent weeks, tensions have increased over the Iranian nuclear program following the resolution approved by the IAEA Board of Governors against Iran for its lack of transparency.

Tehran responded by shutting down 27 surveillance cameras at different nuclear facilities.

In this regard, Abdolahian thanked Russia and China for their support.

“We thank the friendly countries of Russia and China for expressing their opposition to the recent resolution of the IAEA Board of Governors,” said the head of Iranian diplomacy.

Lavrov is on an official visit to Tehran, where he arrived last night.

Iran and Russia maintain close political ties and both countries face US sanctions.

Those ties have become closer in recent months, with the visit to Russia in January by the president of Iran, Ebrahim Raisí, or Abdolahian’s two trips to the Russian capital in less than a year.

Iran has lived under sanctions since Washington abandoned the 2015 nuclear pact in 2018 and Russia since its invasion of Ukraine, which also led the European Union to impose punitive economic measures.

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