Russia, China oppose new move by US and Europe over Tehran

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Geneva, March 30 (IANS) Russia has opposed the “UNSC sanctions automatically reversible” on Iran saying that automatic imposition of sanctions goes against the mechanism of the UN Security Council. China also reportedly shares Russia’s viewpoint and is against the imposition of automatically reversible sanctions on Iran.

This comes as, a sources said, the US and Europe want the UNSC sanctions to be automatically reversible, which means that if Iran violates the deal at any point, the UNSC sanctions would automatically be re-imposed on Tehran, Press TV reported.

Russia opposes such a scenario, saying that in such a case the UNSC should decide what to do. Moscow said automatic imposition of sanctions goes against the mechanism of the UNSC.

On Monday, top representatives from Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers held on Monday a plenary meeting in the Swiss city of Lausanne to narrow their differences over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sat down with US Secretary of State John Kerry, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

Meanwhile, Maria Zakharova, the deputy spokesperson for the Russian ministry of foreign affairs, said Lavrov would leave Lausanne on Monday and return, if necessary, on Tuesday night. She added that Russia wants any possible agreement not to be in violation of the UN Security Council mechanisms.

Iranian diplomat Seyyed Abbas Araqchi on Sunday denied reports that a tentative agreement had been reached between the two sides, but said good progress had been made during the new round of talks, which kicked off in Lausanne on March 26.

The final stage of the talks in Lausanne is expected to continue until Tuesday, March 31, which was set as a deadline for reaching mutual understanding in the Iran-P5+1 negotiations.