Iran’s staying in nuclear deal, indicative of good-will: Ambassador

Moscow, Oct 17, IRNA – With its staying in a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, Iran has showed its good-will and principled position for dialogue in all areas, Iran’s ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei said on Sunday.

“What has caused problem for the world in the current situation is the US unilateral and warmongering policies,” Sanaei said, speaking during the 14th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in the Russian resort city of Sochi.

“Although sanction is not a good phenomenon, Iran’s experiences during sanctions era show sanctioned countries can turn economic pressures into opportunities,” the ambassador said.

In the current situation, Iran, Russia and China are expected to rely on national resources and economy, as well as cooperation within the framework of regional mechanisms, he added.

The US President Donald Trump in May announced Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from a hard-won 2015 agreement of world powers with Iran over the country’s nuclear program.

Trump said he will reinstate sanctions on Tehran, the first round of which were imposed in early August and the second round is expected to come into force on November 4.

The other parties to the deal as well as the European Union have expressed their opposition to the US measure, pledging to make every effort to save the deal.

The EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini recently announced that a special mechanism will be introduced before the imposition of the second round of the US sanctions on November 4 to help the EU states continue with economic cooperation with Tehran.

The new system – known as SPV – has been designed to allow the EU countries to continue with their trade cooperation with Iran regardless of the US sanctions.
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