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    Russia Leads P5+1 in Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation - Envoy to Vienna

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    Russia leads the five other international signatories in implementing the 2015 agreement that curbs Iran's nuclear program, Russian Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Vladimir Voronkov told Sputnik.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — Iran struck the nuclear deal with Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France and Germany, as well as the European Union, in July 2015. Under the JCPOA, Iran pledged to refrain from developing or acquiring nuclear weapons in exchange for sanctions relief.

    "I can proudly say that in the context of promoting the implementation of JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], Russia is the undisputed leader of the six [countries]," Voronkov said.

    Voronkov said Russian experts continue time-consuming work on repurposing Iran's uranium enrichment plant in Fordow toward producing stable isotopes, after partially removing heavy water.

    "We help the IAEA prepare agency inspectors for work in Iran. Other actions within the framework of the agreement are not ruled out, taking into account the joint commission's decisions," the diplomat said.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitors Iran to ensure the maximum compliance with the agreement on Tehran's nuclear program, and isolating Iran from the international community will not be fruitful for any country, Vladimir Voronkov said.

    According to Voronkov, the overall progress in the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program is strongly connected with the active monitoring by the IAEA, providing a full picture of what is happening in the nuclear industry of Iran almost every day.

    "By the way, Iran today is the most audited by the agency [IAEA] country in the world. This situation secures the non-proliferation regime in the most reliable way. This approach is beneficial for everyone, including in the context of boosting regional stability… I'm sure that in other capitals, including Washington, they are focused on appropriately using the achieved results. Another round of the marginalization of Iran does not promise any country anything good," Voronkov said.

    Voronkov also noted that the agreements on the Iranian nuclear program required a "being careful and, of course, strict adherence of all the parties involved."

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