Russia: 'Hard to imagine' how US can withdraw 'juristically' from Iran nuclear deal – Lavrov

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Published on 12 Oct 2017, 17:52
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov doubted the legal basis for a US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, at a press conference with his Burundian counterpart following their meeting in Moscow, Thursday.

Lavrov said that the "joint comprehensive action plan for the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue" is "approved by the UN Security Council resolution" and is "subject to mandatory implementation." He went on to say that he does not know what "will be announced by the Americans," adding "given the status of the agreement, it is difficult to imagine how it is possible legally withdraw from it."

SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): "Our common plan of action on the regulation of the Iranian nuclear problem contains a comprehensive package of documents, which includes up to 100 pages, in which all aspects of this accord are defined in detail. [The package] includes concrete mechanisms on the consideration of any claims posed by any participant to any other participant of this plan of actions. Moreover, the entire package was approved by the resolution of the UN Security Council [UNSC], which is subject to mandatory execution. Frankly speaking, I don't know what will be announced by the Americans in the coming days. We hear promises to do it in the nearest future. However, given the status that this accord has, including the decision of its approval by the highest body that is in charge of the global security in today's world, it is hard for me to imagine how [the US] would be able to leave the accord juristically since [the accord] is a product of collective effort and is recognised by all as an international legal document."

SOT, Alain Aime Nyamitwe, Minister for External Affairs of Burundi (French): "There is a need for African problems to find African solutions. As Minister Lavrov said, external interference must be exclusively in the form of support of the efforts that are undertaken on the African continent."

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