Published: Sun, January 21, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Iran nuclear deal can not survive if United States pulls out - Russia's Lavrov

Iran nuclear deal can not survive if United States pulls out - Russia's Lavrov

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

"The secretary-general remains convinced that the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) is the best way to ensure the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program and to realize the promised tangible economic benefits for the Iranian people", said Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a statement on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

"We can not for the benefit of political agendas of certain countries abandon a genuine achievement of global diplomacy", he said.

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Most U.N. and Western sanctions on Iran were lifted two years ago under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and key world powers, which is enshrined in a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Trump said he was waiving USA nuclear-related sanctions for another 120 days, as required under the deal in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said the deal was not renegotiable.

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Russian Federation today warned at the UN Security Council that the collapse of the Iranian nuclear deal would send an "alarming" message to the world and compromise efforts to persuade North Korea to scrap its nuclear arsenal.

While the Trump administration insists that Iran's testing of ballistic missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear weapons violates the "spirit" of the nuclear accord, Guterres noted that the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly concluded that Iran is fulfilling its side of the agreement.

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