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Kremlin calls to keep Iran nuclear deal in force: Russian media

Moscow, Russia is for Iran Deal and wants the deal's signatories not to take an action that makes Iran quit the deal, said Russian president's press secretary.

'Russia sees no alternative to the Iran nuclear deal and call on all the parties to it to refrain from steps that might push Teheran towards withdrawal from it,' Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, according to TASS.

'Russia, like practically all the nations, stands for keeping the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) in place. We see no alternative to this agreement. We call on everyone to refrain from steps that might push Iran towards withdrawing this deal. We think that it would have adverse impacts and we condemn the United States for its withdrawal from the JCPOA,' he said.

Washington's anti-Iranian restrictions that, unlike the United Nations Security Council sanctions, are not legitimate from the point of view of international law 'must not be an obstacle for us to continue our bilateral relations and trade-and-economic cooperation with Iran,' Peskov stressed.

Kremlin spokesman added that Russia is building mutually beneficial and quite close relations with Iran, which is playing an important role in regional affairs and in the Syrian settlement.

'It is absolutely illogical and inadmissible to turn a blind eye on Iran's role,' he noted.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known Iran Deal, is a landmark agreement that was signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the UNSC (the United Kingdom, China, Russia, the United States, and France) and Germany on July 14, 2015.

Under the deal, Iran undertakes to curb its nuclear activities and place them under total control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange of abandonment of the sanctions imposed previously by the UNSC, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.

On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the deal. He reinstated US' anti-Iranian sanctions and imposed new ones.

Other signatories to the JCPOA have repeatedly reiterated their commitment to the deal.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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