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Russia warns Iran nuclear deal in danger of ‘falling apart’

by Ace Damon

MOSCOW (AP) – Iran's nuclear deal with world powers risks "collapsing" without US and European Union compliance, Russia's foreign minister warned on Monday after meeting with your Iranian colleague in Moscow.

The 2015 agreement between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States suspended sanctions against Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. The US withdrew from the deal last year and imposed crippling economic sanctions that prevent Iran from selling oil abroad.

"Because of the destructive line Washington follows, this important achievement of international diplomacy … risks collapsing," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, adding that "colleagues from the European Union" were also failing. totally the deal. .

In response to US sanctions, Iran has pressured European signatories to find a way to limit the impact on the Iranian economy. Tehran moved slowly to fail to comply with its own terms with the terms of the agreement. Last week, for example, the country began new operations on a heavy-water nuclear reactor.

Iran's measures have been condemned by Western governments as undesirable and growing tensions in the region, while Russia and China repeatedly blame the US.

After meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday, Lavrov said Russia would demand full compliance from the US and the EU. In that case, Iran may resume its obligations under the agreement.

Otherwise, the deal must be considered "no more," he said.

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