OREANDA-NEWSA meeting of participants in the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan on the Iranian Nuclear Program (JCPOA) may take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, but there are no clear agreements. This was announced on Thursday to the Russian media by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

“Perhaps something in this regard can take place in New York as part of the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly. But it’s premature to talk about it. Contact for the sake of contact at any level, probably, in itself matters in terms of signal direction, but the complexity of the situation around the JCPOA is so obvious today that without agreements, without results, such contact can create more questions", he said. Ryabkov noted that so far there has been no agreement to hold a meeting of a joint commission on a nuclear deal with Iran either at the level of political directors or at the level of ministers, "but this does not mean that work is not ongoing".

The future of the JCPOA has been called into question after the US unilaterally withdraws from the agreement on May 8, 2018 and Washington imposed sanctions against Iran in the field of oil exports. Exactly one year later, on May 8, 2019, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran was suspending part of its nuclear deal obligations to return to its implementation.

On July 7, Tehran proceeded to the second stage of the suspension (announced that it would enrich uranium over 3.67%) and promised to reduce obligations every 60 days if other participants didn't adhere to the agreements reached. The IAEA confirmed on July 1 and 8 that Iran exceeded the limit of reserves of 300 kg of low enriched uranium and exceeded the level of enrichment of uranium at 3.67%.