German Diplomat Vows To Preserve Iranian Deal

Moscow is "deeply disappointed" by U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, said a Russian Foreign Ministry statement on Tuesday.

"The Russian side underscored its commitment to preserving the agreement", the statement said, emphasizing that Russia holds "interests of ensuring bilateral cooperation" with Iran.

The Kremlin meanwhile accused Trump of "veiled protectionism" by pulling out of the deal.

Maas, speaking in Moscow after holding talks with his Russian counterpart, said it was important that the United States considered secondary effects such sanctions could have on third countries. He added that "it is not at all clear what, in the United States' view, could take the place of the nuclear agreement to prevent Iran verifiably from producing nuclear weapons".

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday called for dialogue between Israel and Iran following Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria that marked a sharp escalation between the two enemies.

All of the U.S.'s negotiating partners - the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union - had agreed that maintaining the JCPOA was the best way to reign in Iran's program.

"We agree to make the appropriate contacts with our German colleagues", he said in a joint press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

Iran has already said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks before making a final decision on its future role in the pact.

  • Sonia Alvarado