Nebenzya: No Deliveries Between Russia and Iran Violated Nuclear Deal Resolution

19 December 2023

Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, denied allegations made by Western countries that Russia and Iran have engaged in illicit deliveries in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231 on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran's nuclear program.


"Despite the provocations by Western countries, it remains a fact that no compelling arguments supporting the concocted allegations of violations of the 'missile' provisions of Annex B have ever been presented. All the communications circulated in the UN Security Council and the '2231 format' on this matter boiled down to speculative judgments, suspicions, and interpretations," - he stated. - "As we know, there were no deliveries to circumvent the requirements of Security Council Resolution 2231. No credible evidence to the contrary was provided, and there is no proof that the disjointed wreckage presented by the Americans and the British was collected in Ukraine."


Nebenzya criticized the Eurotroika's accusations against Iran for not ratifying an additional protocol to its safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), calling them cynical. "Britain, France, and Germany accuse Iran of failing to ratify the additional protocol to its comprehensive safeguards agreement with the IAEA, cynically and hypocritically omitting the fact that Tehran should have taken steps in this direction after the full lifting of the illegal unilateral sanctions imposed on it," he stated during a UN Security Council meeting on Monday.


During a Security Council meeting, representatives of London, Paris, and Berlin cited an IAEA report, claiming that Iran's stockpile of highly enriched uranium (up to 60%) exceeds the level set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by 22 times. They argued that Iran has been violating its commitments outlined in UNSC Resolution 2231, which endorses the JCPOA, for over four years.


In 2015, the P5+1 countries (the five permanent members of the UNSC and Germany) signed the JCPOA with Iran to address the crisis over Tehran's nuclear developments. After the agreement, the European Union lifted economic and financial sanctions on Iran related to its nuclear program but maintained restrictions on missile technology, certain nuclear-related activities, and computer software. However, in 2018, then-US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the deal.


Despite allegations, Moscow and Tehran have consistently rejected claims that Russia supplied Iranian drones for use in Ukraine. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed such reports as fabrications, emphasizing that the Russian army exclusively uses domestically produced aircraft.



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Based on materials from TASS