"The United States has expressed its opposition to the statement, jointly drafted by Russia and China, and, along with a number of European countries, is sabotaging support [for the initiative] on part of other countries. We are puzzled by such actions of American and European counterparts since our document is based on the text of the JCPOA and the UN Security Council resolution which was backed by the United States," the source said.
According to the source, the draft statement gives NPT signatories an opportunity to express their support for the Iran nuclear deal at a critical moment for the international agreement and has already been backed by a number of countries.
Last week, the draft statement was presented during the preparatory session for the 2020 Review Conference of the NPT, held on April 23 – May 4. The document is meant to confirm "unwavering support" for the deal on part of NPT signatories. It also urges all parties to adhere to the JCPOA and refrain from actions that undermine implementation of their commitments.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an internationally-televised address on Monday said that Israeli intelligence had 100,000 files proving that Iran continued to maintain a secret nuclear program despite signing the JCPOA. The White House on Tuesday said it backed Netanyahu’s assertions while US President Donald Trump is expected to announce its decision on the agreement before May 12 deadline.