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Iran Nuclear Deal: Russia Opposes US

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Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov (C) speaks to media.

Russia strongly opposes US attempt to renegotiate Iran nuclear deal.¬†President Trump said he will extend sanctions relief on Iran under the nuclear deal for the last time, threatening a US withdrawal from the pact.¬†French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled “the importance of preserving the Iranian nuclear agreement….reports Asian Lite News

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Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov (C) speaks to media.

Moscow has a critical attitude toward the latest US statement on reviewing the Iran nuclear deal and will do all it can to resist any attempt to scrape the deal, Russian authorities said on Saturday.

Russia is concerned over the US announcement on holding negotiations with its European allies to revise the Iran nuclear deal, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters.

“These negotiations won’t have any effect on our approach towards the nuclear deal and this whole situation … We will be analyzing it in a most critical way and will continue to judge the events in an unflattering way,” Ryabkov said.

He underlined that the deal that was signed in 2015 between Iran, and the P5+1 – Russia, France, China, Britain, the United States, plus Germany, cannot be amended and that Moscow will “oppose any attempts to hamper it.”

US President Donald Trump on Friday said he will extend sanctions relief on Iran under the nuclear deal for the last time, threatening a US withdrawal from the pact if the US Congress and his European allies can not fix the alleged “disastrous flaws”.

Trump’s latest move casts doubt on the future of the deal, a successful practice of solving a hotspot issue through political and diplomatic means.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Iran will never renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as JCPOA, despite the US pressures.

Chairman of Russian Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachyov also slamed the US attempt to review the JCPOA as a dangerous violation of international law.

“Any attempts by the US side to unseal the JCPOA without consent from all the other parties would directly violate the fundamental principles of international law, and as the matter also concerns the nonproliferation regime, it would also serve as a powerful incentive toward its further erosion,” Kosachyov said.

Trump has constantly criticized the landmark Iran pact, in which the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran’s efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

Under the deal, the US President must sign a waiver suspending the US sanctions on Iran every 120 days.

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump (Xinhua/Chen Yichen/IANS)

Meanwhile, the French President Emmanuel Macron has recalled “the importance of preserving the Iranian nuclear agreement, and the necessary respect by all parties of their commitments under this agreement” in a telephone talk with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A press release published by the French presidency said this on Saturday.

The French presidency added that Macron and Netanyahu “also referred to the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the continuity of their exchanges of December 10”.

This phone talk came after an ultimatum issued by US President Donald Trump to the Europeans to tighten in the coming months the terms of the agreement reached in 2015 between Iran and the major powers, if they want to avoid Washington’s withdrawal from the deal.

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday criticised the fresh sanctions imposed by the US by calling them illegal and hostile, and warned that they would receive a serious reaction by the Islamic republic.

The US Treasury on Friday announced sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities, including the head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, for human rights abuses and supporting Tehran’s ballistic missile programme.

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