Russia Wont Support US Attempts to 'Fix' Iran Nuclear Deal, FM Says

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force" and is urging expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle the security challenge posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Sergey Lavrov told the Security Council on Thursday in a clear message to President Donald Trump that "we can not for the benefit of political agendas of certain countries abandon a genuine achievement of worldwide diplomacy".

"Issues not directly related to the [nuclear deal] should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments", Guterres said in a statement on January 17.

Larijani said that Iran would not remain silent on such measures.

Last Friday, Donald Trump chose to continue to waive broad sanctions on the Iranian Regime until May, when he would pull the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal if improvements could not be made.

The Iran nuclear deal is on life support and on a trajectory for collapse, many policy experts believe, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's current continuation of sanctions relief.

He said the issue of North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons "can be resolved by restoring trust among the United States, Russia and China". However, he said it would be the last time he will do so and added that European allies and Congress have to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws" in the 2015 nuclear deal.

Speaking at the Security Council on Thursday, Lavrov said the overwhelming majority of the worldwide community recognizes that the 2015 agreement between Iran and the six world powers of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany is making a tangible contribution to strengthening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and to the maintenance of global peace and security, Xinhua reported.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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