ASTANA – Russia is currently working on persuading the US leadership to keep on implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Tuesday.

On July 29, the US Senate approved a bill on new non-nuclear sanctions against 18 individuals and entities in Iran over the country’s missile program and alleged human rights violations. The move has been widely criticized by Iranian senior officials, claiming that the US bill violated the provisions of the JCPOA. Tehran vowed to impose retaliatory measures against US individuals and entities.

“We are focusing our efforts … on convincing our partners in the US government that they need to fulfill their duties under Iran’s nuclear deal,” Ryabkov said at the 62nd Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs.

The Russian official noted that the agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program has proved its effectiveness.

“If the United States under any circumstances will withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran … any side [which exits the agreement] will strike an irreparable blow to the international and regional security,” Ryabkov added.

On July 14, 2015, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, collectively referred to as the P5+1 group, signed the JCPOA with Iran on the latter’s nuclear program. The deal stipulated a gradual lifting of anti-Iran sanctions in exchange for Tehran’s assurances that its nuclear program would remain in a peaceful nature. – Sputnik