Friday, 23 February, 2018

Russian Federation warns against failure of Iran nuke deal

Sergei Lavrob  Shannon Stapleton  Reuters Sergei Lavrob Shannon Stapleton Reuters
Ellis Copeland | 20 January, 2018, 04:26

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force" and is urging expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle the security challenge posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The deal is a "major achievement of nuclear nonproliferation and diplomacy, and has contributed to regional and global peace and security", he said.

Guterres called for concerns relating to the implementation of the nuclear deal "to be addressed through the mechanisms established by the agreement", Dujarric said, according to Reuters.

"If the deal is put aside and Iran is told, "you keep up with your obligations or we will impose sanctions again", then you have to put North Korea in its place", Lavrov said.

He said the issue of North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons "can be resolved by restoring trust among the United States, Russia and China".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to modify the Iran nuclear deal.

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Trump on Friday said he chose to extend sanctions waivers on Iran for the last time, threatening to withdraw from the pact unless US Congress and European allies can fix the alleged "disastrous flaws".

JCPOA (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) refers to the Iran nuclear deal that was signed in July 2015.

Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

While the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified Iran's compliance, Trump continues to deride the agreement, calling for more sanctions on the Islamic Republic particularly for its ballistic missile program and human rights abuses, which were not part of the JCPOA.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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