Russia Urges Iran to Stick to the Nuclear Deal From 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses parliament about the nation’s nuclear program
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17 August, 2017

Under the deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and signed by Tehran and major world powers - the US, France, Britain, Russia, and China, plus Germany - Tehran officially agreed to halt parts of its nuclear program and subject other sectors to increased United Nations monitoring.

Iran's president warned Tuesday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the USA continues "threats and sanctions" against his country, which signed a landmark nuclear accord with world powers in 2015.

Ambassador Nikki Haley was responding to a warning from Iranian President Hassan Rohani earlier on August 15 that U.S. President Donald Trump, who has imposed several rounds of new sanctions on Iran, has shown he is "not a good partner" by repeatedly threatening to walk away from the agreement.

The deal limited Iran's ability to produce a nuclear weapon, and if complied with, would put an end to most of the #sanctions against it.

According to the state broadcaster IRIB, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the outlines of the bill to "counter America's terrorist and adventurist actions" as some chanted "Death to America". "The United States imposes conditions on others from a position of strength, giving no guarantees of preserving sovereignty of these countries", he said.

"Unilateral sanctions are unacceptable in principle and irresponsible if they are used to change in one's favor a well-calibrated balance (as is the case with the Iran nuclear deal) because they may upset this balance", Lavrov said. "It was Iran's preference, but it was not and will not remain Iran's only option", Rouhani said, as cited by AP.

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The other parties to the nuclear deal - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - disagree with Trump, saying that Iran is not in violation of the pact, which is overseen by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Iran can always, and especially in hard times, consider Austria its reliable partner", Scholz said after presenting his credentials to Rouhani, adding that Vienna supports Tehran's worldwide policy.

During the United States presidential election Mr Trump vowed to pull out of the pact, claiming that Iran had violated the agreement. In response, Western countries agreed to lift sanctions.

It was the first contract since Iran implemented a multi-lateral nuclear deal in early 2016.

"We need to do whatever we can to preserve it", Dujarric said. Iran retaliated by increasing its spending on the missile program.

He recommended the U.S. to be realistic about Iran's "unmatched role in fighting terrorism in the Middle East".

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