Russian Federation strongly opposes USA attempt to renegotiate Iran nuclear deal

Russian Federation strongly opposes USA attempt to renegotiate Iran nuclear deal

Continuing to maintain and implement the Iran nuclear deal is the responsibility of all parties concerned, and is the common wish of the global community, said Wang, adding that this will help uphold worldwide non-proliferation regime, maintain regional peace and stability as well as solve other hot issues in the world.

The US still maintains sanctions on Iran - independent of the nuclear deal - on matters such as terrorism, human rights and ballistic missile development.

In a statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency, the Foreign Ministry said Iran "will not accept any change in the deal, neither now nor in future" adding that it will "not take any action beyond its commitments".

Trump has until Friday to make the decision, which would either continue the Obama-era suspensions or re-impose sanctions on Iran's central bank, the AP reported.

President Donald Trump gave European partners an ultimatum Friday to fix "significant flaws" in an Iranian nuclear agreement, or he will withdraw the United States from the deal in a few months' time.

The US president on Friday reluctantly agreed to waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the landmark deal, but said it would be the last time he issued such a waiver unless conditions were met.

Trump's ultimatum on Friday puts pressure on Europeans - key backers and parties to the 2015 global agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program - to satisfy Trump, who wants the pact strengthened with a separate agreement within 120 days.

First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said in a post on his Instagram page that the United States would "lose out" if they withdrew from the deal.

Responding to Trump's speech late Friday, Zarif tweeted: "Rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance - just like Iran".

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On Friday, Trump is set to decide whether to extend relief for Iran from some USA economic sanctions.

The White House noted that a new deal would also be permanent and not expire after 10 years, as is the case under the current 2015 accord.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

The officials notably did not say that Trump expected the other two nations party to the deal - Russian Federation and China - to join in the revision of the deal.

The foreign ministers of Britain, Germany, France as well as Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif, are expected to meet on Thursday morning with Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief.

Trump had certified the deal twice before, and senior officials have grudgingly said Iran is complying.

French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized the importance of abiding by the deal "in order to guarantee better stability in the Middle East", according to a readout of his telephone conversation with Trump on Thursday.

The restrictions could hit some firms and individuals whose sanctions were previously scrapped.