Joint Commission of JCPOA to meet on Jan 10 next year

| Updated: Dec 25, 2016 20:20 IST

Tehran [Iran], Dec. 25 (ANI): The Joint Commission of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will meet in Vienna on January 10 to address the issues raised by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini after extension of the Iran Sanctions Act by the US Congress. The meeting will include Deputy Foreign Ministers of Iran and the G5+1 member states, and a senior representative of the European Union (EU) as coordinator. The sanctions task force will hold a meeting at the expert-level before a meeting of the Joint Commission takes place. The Joint Commission meets at foreign ministerial as well as expert levels on both nuclear and sanctions issues. The Joint Commission, which is tasked with supervising implementation of the nuclear deal with the objective of resolving the problems, held several meetings before execution of the nuclear deal and after that. The decisions made in the meetings represent a common understanding of the scope of relevant commitments of the JCPOA. Iran's Foreign Ministry official website published the Joint Commission of JCPOA resolutions in order to prevent release of baseless reports in that regard by the western media. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had earlier ordered the Foreign Ministry to pursue the US breach of its obligations in the JCPOA. Zarif had already informed the Parliaments National Security and Foreign Policy Commission that the call for the JCPOA Joint Commission meeting came along with the Presidential orders to the Foreign Ministry and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to take appropriate measures in the face of the extension of Iran sanctions Act (ISA) by the United States. Zarif had said that now the Foreign Ministry has a clear roadmap to follow. "We have had continuous talks with other members of the P5+1 group of countries and negotiations are still underway," Zarif was quoted as saying by the spokesman of the parliamentary commission. The Foreign Minister also said his ministry has also held talks with China and Russia and all other parties involved. Iran considers the renewal of the Iran Sanctions Act as violation of the internationally recognized nuclear deal. (ANI)