Friday, 19 October, 2018

Russian diplomat comments on United States withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

Lavrov US sanctions on Iran should not destroy JCPOA Russia and Iran will continue 'close coordination' on nuclear deal
Ginger Lawrence | 14 May, 2018, 13:28

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of a landmark deal curbing Iran's nuclear program and reintroducing sanctions on the Islamic republic and those who trade with it.

In a Friday phone conversation with Zarif, Mogherini discussed the need for continued implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. "This is our common objective", Lavrov said at a joint news conference with Maas.

The other major powers involved in the deal - Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China - have promised to uphold the deal that has forced Iran to scale down its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

"The Iran deal is not only about sanctions but more about regional stability and non-proliferation of the mass destruction weapons", Lavrov added.

Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement calling on all other parties to the JCPOA to stay committed to their liabilities under it.

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Germany continued its sharp criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday, saying his planned sanctions against Tehran would also make it hard for Europeans to maintain economic incentives as part of the Iran nuclear deal.

The Iranian diplomat, for his part, announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue dialogues with European sides of the agreement as well as with Russian Federation and China to weigh the possibility of continuing the agreement.

The official went on to assert that there was "no Iranian military presence, no military bases in Syria".

However, despite its withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the USA says it will not stop funding intense International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections in Iran, a US official said Thursday. Israel intercepted some of the Iranian missiles with the aid of the Iron Dome air defense systems while others fell short of striking the targets.