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Russia concerned that Washington’s actions and rhetoric may lead to collapse of Iran nuclear deal

In an interview with Russia’s RIA Novosti, the senior Russian diplomat on non-proliferation issues, Mikhail Ulyanov, said that a collapse of the deal, which is meant to last for over a decade, would hurt the entire international community and should be avoided.

Here is what Ulyanov said:

“We see some really hard-line rhetoric from the American administration and hard-line rhetoric in response from Tehran. Sanctions are being imposed on Iran. Naturally, this creates an unfavorable atmosphere for implementing the nuclear deal.” 

“Objectively speaking, this agreement was and still is, not a perfect, but an optimal solution for a very difficult situation. It’s a reasonable and very fragile compromise deal. We are trying to preserve a normal atmosphere surrounding this deal.”

The diplomat added that Russia is in contact with other members of the P5+1 group which negotiated the deal with Iran, including China, the US, Britain, France, and the EU.

RT is reporting the following details:

The 2015 deal between Iran and six leading world powers, which set limits on the Iranian nuclear program, was meant to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. In exchange, the UN, US, and EU lifted the economic sanctions on Tehran.

US President Donald Trump has criticized the deal on numerous occasions, saying that his predecessor Barack Obama offered too many concessions to the Iranians. His administration is reportedly planning to renegotiate key terms of the agreement in a way that would suit Israel.

READ MORE: Russia disagrees with Trump labeling Iran ‘number one terrorist state’

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions against Tehran in response to a ballistic missile test on January 29. The nuclear deal does not cover Iranian rocket development, though a UN Security Council resolution endorsing the accord called on Iran to refrain from developing nuclear-capable missiles. Washington claims that the test violated the spirit of the agreement, which Tehran denies.

READ MORE: Unlike Trump, Iran President Rouhani sees nuclear deal as ‘win-win’

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