Alwaght- Russia will explain persistently to the US the depravity and viciousness of its sanctions-based policies against Iran and North Korea, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said.
Speaking to TASS news agency on Sunday Ryabkov commented on the sanctions pressure from the US on Iran and North Korea and noted that, "Here is the border between the US illegal approach to international problems and the actions in line with mutual respect for sovereignty, which we follow." He further pointed out that, “We shall explain persistently to the US the depravity and viciousness of their line."
"But, once again, after yesterday’s statements future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [on the Iranian nuclear program] is under a big question," Ryabkov noted.
The US possible decision to quit the nuclear deal with Iran will affect strengthening of the non-proliferation regime, the diplomat said, while commenting on a recent statement by the US President Donald Trump.
"The ultimatum-like character of yesterday’s signals from Washington, most likely, is based on the US’ decision to head for quitting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," he said. "The US possible quitting the Iranian deal will affect greatly the entire system of international agreements and strengthening of the nuclear non-proliferation regime."
"If it means in May the new certification of Iran’s complying with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will not happen - which is how we read yesterday’s signals [from Washington] - then here we clearly see a classical ultimatum from the US side," he said. "Using ultimatums is clearly impossible in diplomatic work and in settling realistic problems, and the Americans could have realized it."
On Friday, Trump said the United States would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal unless its "disastrous flaws" were fixed. The U.S. leader decided to waive nuclear sanctions against Iran "but only in order to secure our European allies' agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal."