Middle East

'No alternative' to Iran nuclear deal: Russia

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press, in New York, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Zarif is warning the Trump administration that pulling out from the Iran nuclear deal would undermine talks with North Korea by proving that America reneges on its promises. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

MOSCOW: Russia said Wednesday that there was "no alternative" to the current Iran nuclear deal, after U.S. President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron called for a new agreement with Tehran.

"We believe that no alternative exists so far," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that Iran's position on the subject was paramount.

"We are in favor of keeping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in its current form," Peskov added, referring to the nuclear deal hammered out in 2015.

He said the agreement was the product of the efforts of many countries.

"The question is, will it be possible to repeat such successful work in the current situation," Peskov added.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani rejected the U.S. and French calls, and the EU also insisted the current agreement must stay.

Trump faces a May 12 deadline to decide on the fate of the Iran nuclear accord and is demanding changes that European capitals believe would represent a legal breach.

 

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