Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov warned on January 15, 2018, that Moscow will not support the US demand for changes in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers which saw Iran accept curbs on its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting international sanctions.
President Donald Trump kept the accord alive by extending sanctions waivers, but warned that the US would pull out of the deal in a few months unless its «terrible flaws» are fixed.
Lavrov called the new US demands on Iran «deplorable», saying they raise doubts about Washington’s ability to observe international agreements.
He noted that the dismantling of the Iran nuclear deal would discourage North Korea from negotiating any future agreement to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes.
Iran warned that it will not accept any changes to the nuclear deal. The Europeans have indicated they are willing to discuss the matter with Washington, but have shown little enthusiasm over Trump’s hard line.
The 2015 nuclear pact with Iran involved the US, the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia.