Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iran nuclear deal collapse would be alarming, Russian Federation warns

Iran nuclear deal collapse would be alarming, Russian Federation warns

At the same time the minister noted that the failure of the nuclear deal with Iran would be an alarming signal for worldwide security, including for the settlement around North Korea.

Sergey Lavrov took aim at President Donald Trump at a U.N. Security Council meeting on confidence-building measures to tackle the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, saying that "we can not for the benefit of political agendas of certain countries abandon a genuine achievement of worldwide diplomacy".

Lavrov also denounced the United States' stance on the nuclear agreement as politically-motivated, saying the deal can not be abandoned "for the benefit of political agendas of certain countries".

Moscow has no plans to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a session of the UN Security Council on nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, APA reports quoting TASS.

"Clearly the failure of the JCPOA, especially as a result of one of the parties. would be an alarming message for the entire global community architecture, including the prospects for dealing with the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula", said Lavrov.

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On January 12, Trump threatened to pull out of the deal unless it is changed to clearly prohibit ballistic-missile development, among other changes he is seeking.

Trump last week agreed to again waive United States nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, but demanded that U.S. lawmakers and European allies fix the "disastrous flaws" in the deal or face a USA exit. However, he said it would be the last time he will do so and ordered European allies and Congress to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the 2015 deal or Washington would withdraw.

Last week, Trump announced that he would waive the economic sanctions on Iran, lifted under the JCPOA agreement, which sees Tehran scale back its nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

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