TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - With regards to the two-day trip, Iranian FM Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Zarif will leave Iran for Moscow to pursue constant consultations with his Russian counterpart, particularly on Iran’s nuclear deal known as JCPOA.
Zarif will also go to Belgium on Thursday, Ghasemi added, on the invitation of EU foreign policy coordinator Federica Mogrini and discuss the latest developments of the very deal with his French, German and British counterparts.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
US President Donald Trump delivered an anti-Iran speech on October 13, in which he said he would not continue to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the JCPOA, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.
So far, the Europeans have stood by the accord which they have described as a triumph for diplomacy and a contributor to regional and international security.