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

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

In cases involving weapons of mass destruction, "verifiable disarmament and non-proliferation" efforts are critical, stressed the United Nations chief, speaking alongside Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, at a Security Council meeting on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. However, the U.S., Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and Russia- nine countries recognized to have or believed to possess nuclear weapons-along with most NATO members remained absent from the negotiations.

US President Donald Trump on Friday agreed to again waive US nuclear-related sanctions on Iran but demanded that US lawmakers and European allies fix the "disastrous flaws" in the deal.

Nikki Haley told the U.N. Security Council Thursday that North Korea poses the greatest threat to nuclear proliferation and is continuing "its reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons. while its people starve and to threaten other nations while intimidating its own citizens". But the president warned that the US would pull out in a few months unless "terrible flaws" in the deal are fixed.

Haley called Iran "the leading cause of instability in an unstable part of the world".

In his address to the council, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the nuclear deal was being "questioned" and stressed it was in the world's interest that the agreement "be preserved".

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Turning to the Syrian conflict where the use of chemical weapons has challenged the "global taboo" against these weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Guterres said that if the use of chemical weapons in the country is once again determined, the worldwide community "needs to find an appropriate way to identify those responsible and hold them to account".

Russian Federation will not join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons-the U.N.'s first-ever measure for nuclear disarmament-Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Security Council on Thursday.

These threats include that the trust on nuclear and other issues between the U.S. and Russian Federation continues to ebb, the Iran nuclear deal is being questioned, and the use of chemical weapons in Syria seriously challenges the global taboo against these weapons of mass destruction, he said, according to Xinhua news agency.

House conservatives and staunch Iran hawks are expected to introduce a bill Thursday that would put ironclad restrictions on the country's nuclear or ballistic missile programs, Axios reports.

He also expressed grave concern at "the growing threat of chemical terrorism in the Middle East, specifically on the territories of Iraq and Syria".


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