Russia Rejects US, France’s Amendments To Iran Nuclear Deal

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has expressed concerns over remarks recently made by the US and France on the Iranian nuclear deal, media outlets reported yesterday.

“There is no room for amendments or additions to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the six world countries,” the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said.

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed the joint proposal made by US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, regarding the international deal, claiming that they “had no right to renegotiate the terms of the 2015 accord, brokered by seven parties.”

Rouhani described Trump as “a businessman”.

Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova in Moscow, Russia on 12 April 2018 [Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency]

Some other western countries, including the UK and Germany have also expressed “scepticism” over the American-French move, reaffirming their adherence to the agreement which was signed in July 2015.

Despite the European Union’s repeated calls for the preservation of the Iran deal, Macron said there might be room for “a new deal” alongside the existing one which Trump would be required to recertify every 90 days or leave its fate to Congress.

He hoped that the new deal would answer concerns raised by the US administration and ensure that America did not pull out. “This is the only way to bring about stability,” Macron said.

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