Trump would make 'big mistake' by leaving Iran N-deal: Moscow

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Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov criticised remarks by US President Donald Trump.- Alamy Image
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov criticised remarks by US President Donald Trump.- Alamy Image

Moscow - Trump on Friday gave an ultimatum to "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw."

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Published: Sat 13 Jan 2018, 8:00 PM

Last updated: Wed 19 Feb 2020, 8:29 PM

Russia on Saturday said Washington would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, adding that Moscow would work hard to keep the landmark agreement alive.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov criticised remarks by US President Donald Trump, who on Friday said the US will not reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran for the moment, but would withdraw later this year unless the terms of the deal are changed.
"We are gradually coming to the conclusion that an internal decision by the United States to leave the (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) has already been made or is close to being made," Ryabkov said in an interview with Interfax news agency.
"This could be one of Washington's big foreign policy mistakes, a big miscalculation in American policy," he said.
Under the hard-won 2015 deal with Russia, the US, China, France, Britain, Germany and the EU, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting of a raft of international sanctions.
Trump on Friday gave an ultimatum to "either fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw."
America's allies see the accord as the best way to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions and a victory for multilateral diplomacy. Tehran categorically denies it is seeking to develop atomic weapons.
But Trump argues that his predecessor Barack Obama gave away too much to Iran in sanctions relief, without forcing the Islamic republic to end its ballistic missile programme and support for militant groups.
Ryabkov said Moscow must unite with Europe and China and undertake "intense work" to keep the existing plan intact and decried what he said was a US attempt to strongarm the situation.
"In what we heard yesterday, I don't see any invitation for Iran to enter dialogue," he said. 

Tehran rejects demand for changing accord

Iran said on Saturday it won't accept any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after President Donald Trump vowed to pull out of the accord in a few months if European allies did not fix its "terrible flaws."
In a statement carried by the state-run Irna news agency, the Foreign Ministry said Iran "will not accept any change in the deal, neither now nor in future," adding that it will "not take any action beyond its commitments."
It also said Iran would not allow the deal to be linked to other issues, after Trump suggested that the sanctions relief under the deal be tied to Iran limiting its long-range ballistic missile programme.
 
 



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