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Iran refuses to 'accept any changes' in N-deal despite Trump's threats

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

Published : Sunday, 14 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 57

Trump would make 'big mistake' by leaving Iran deal: MoscowTEHRAN, Jan 13 : Iran said on Saturday it won't accept any changes to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after United States (US) 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.
Trump on Friday extended the waivers of key economic sanctions that were lifted under the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear programme. But he said he would work with European allies to remove so-called "sunset clauses" that allow Iran to gradually resume advanced nuclear activities in the next decade.
He paired Friday's concession with other, targeted sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses and ballistic missile development. The Treasury Department's action hits 14 Iranian officials and companies and businessmen from Iran, China and Malaysia, freezing any assets they have in the US and banning Americans from doing business with them.
Meanwhile,  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.    AP, AFP








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