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Iran not afraid of US quitting JCPOA: Chinese media

Beijing, China news agency Xinhua quoting comments by the Iranian officials on Tuesday wrote Iran is not intimidated by the US threats to leave the nuclear deal.

Iranian authorities stress that they have the necessary tools to stop the United States and are not worried at all about possible US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, known also as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), wrote Xinhua.

Xinhua quoted the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying that Iran is ready to resume its nuclear activities upon US exit from the deal.

Also, China.org quoted Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh as saying, 'We would do anything needed to counter Trump' in case he decides to re-impose sanctions on Iran.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Beijing that it is impossible to make any changes in the deal, and Russia and China will counter any US sabotage.

This is while, the Russian news agency Sputnik wrote on Tuesday that the EU signatories of the Iran nuclear deal and the US have agreed on certain conditions under which Washington will stay in the deal.

The JCPOA was signed on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program.

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the deal, calling it as 'the worst deal' signed by the US, and has threatened to withdraw Washington from the international accord if it was not amended.

He is going to publicly announce his final decision on May 12.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed Iran's commitment to the deal 10 times.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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