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Alexey Chepa: “The US is pushing Iran to take certain actions”

The Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, Aleksey Chepa, has charged the United States with Iran’s decision to move to the third phase of reducing obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA).

“Unfortunately, the US is pushing Iran to take certain actions, Iran has consistently fulfilled its obligations under the FDP, and we see that now (in the transition to the third phase of the reduction of obligations under the FAP), it reacts to the actions of the United States,” Chepa said Interfax on Thursday.

He noted that “a similar picture takes place on the Korean Peninsula, where the Americans do not fulfill their obligations,” but “Russia and European countries are doing everything possible to not escalate the situation around Iran, but, unfortunately, we see what is happening.”

“Naturally, this is not a way to solve the problems existing in the region, and this cannot but cause alarm among neighboring countries, Israel, and others, and the United States is to blame for this,” Chepa said.

He called the position and actions of the United States in relation to Iran “unconstructive.”

“Russia at various venues is constantly negotiating, not only the Russian Federation is participating in them, but a number of European countries that understand that the US position is unconstructive and leads to an escalation of the situation,” Chepa said.

Responding to a question from Interfax about the likelihood of negotiations between Iran and the United States, Chepa said that he “hopes such negotiations can be possible.”

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