News ID: 208729
Published: 0340 GMT January 24, 2018

Senior Russian lawmaker slams US initiative to review Iran deal

Senior Russian lawmaker slams US initiative to review Iran deal
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Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky

A senior official from the Russian State Duma described a so-called working group launched by the US on Iran’s nuclear deal a “dubious body”.

"The working group set up by the US and the ‘European trio’ (UK, France, and Germany) to draft additional agreements on the so-called Iranian deal is a dubious body, which will hardly contribute to resolving the situation around Tehran’s nuclear program," Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutsky told reporters, TASS reported.

On Monday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said a working group comprising American and European officials will soon begin to develop a “side agreement” to the nuclear deal with six world powers — US, the UK, China, Russia, France along with Germany — aimed at easing US President Donald Trump’s complaints about the pact.

“We will be discussing that through working groups beginning as early as next week and we’ll see what progress we can make,” Tillerson said.

The Russian official stressed, "Signing additional agreements or creating other mechanisms can have an adverse effect on the implementation of the existing agreements on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA).”

"The fact that Washington is vigorously promoting, if not to say, pushing its policy aimed at revising the Iranian deal on European platforms is a very negative signal. I will repeat that this can undermine the implementation of the JCPOA and exacerbate the overall nuclear security and disarmament situation," Slutsky concluded.

On January 12, Trump extended waivers of economic sanctions on Iran for another 120 days but said he was doing so “for the last time.”

Although the US president declined to withdraw from the Iran deal — which he has long railed against and formerly promised to “rip up” — he gave a four-month deadline to the US Congress and America’s main European allies to address what he called the “disastrous flaws” of the deal.

   
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