Russian Federation condemns Trump's threats to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal


State news agency IRNA reported him saying that Iran had proved it was right "and our enemies were wrong". The French presidency added that Macron and Netanyahu "also referred to the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in the continuity of their exchanges of December 10".

His remarks came a few days after US President Donald Trump warned that Washington will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal unless the European Union fails to fix the agreement's "disastrous flaws".

The prime minister added that the worldwide community must "strongly condemn the five crimes of the Iranian regime", including its "efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, developing ballistic missiles against UN Security Council resolutions, supporting terror, regional aggression" and "the cruel repression of Iranian citizens".

Trump again waived nuclear-related sanctions yesterday - as required every few months to stay in the agreement - but demanded that European partners work with Washington to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

"The deal is working; it is delivering on its main goal, which means keeping the Iranian nuclear programme in check and under close surveillance", EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said at the press briefing last Thursday (11 January).

The demonstrations that erupted in a number of towns and cities were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election, but authorities say the unrest has waned in recent days, and the security forces insist they have restored order.

Trump has repeatedly threatened to tear up what he has described as "the worst deal ever negotiated".

A series of demonstrations over the economy, which also turned against Iran's Islamic establishment, broke out in almost 80 cities nationwide the first week of the year, spreading very quickly, with several turning violent.

"In absence of such an agreement [between the USA and European powers], the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal". "And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately".

Russian Federation - one of the parties to the Iran pact alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union - called Mr Trump's comments "extremely negative". In effect, he is asking them to act as mediators to accomplish changes that Iran is refusing to make. "No one should doubt my word", Trump stated.

In the meantime, Washington imposed other sanctions against 14 Iranian individuals and entities, including judiciary head Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani. Many of those new sanctions were in response to the Iranian government's crackdown of peaceful protests that have swept the country in recent weeks.