Russian Federation slams Trump over Iran nuclear deal comments

Gladys Abbott
September 25, 2017

The sides "exchanged opinions on developments in the Middle East region", the ministry said. Talks are going on now among lower-ranking officials, he said, including the two countries' militaries and their security agencies. As I said, it was a remarkable statement.

Lavrov and al-Jaafari also touched upon key aspects of bilateral cooperation and outlined ways to bolster it.

"It is not only Russian Federation that has said it is necessary to save the JCPOA. They did it, and that's the reality we live in". He condemned what he called "a very unsafe confrontation spiral around DPRK", the acronym for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and alluded to Trump's rhetoric about the rising nuclear threat from Pyongyang.

He also expressed his hope that the Russian initiative that involves sending a UN peacekeeping mission to Eastern Ukraine would ultimately help to resolve the crisis, adding that the relevant draft resolution had been already submitted to the UN Security Council.

The deputy foreign minister added the "main task is to find a political and diplomatic solution", and once again suggested Beijing's "suspension for suspension" approach.

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Russian Federation is now subject to strict USA sanctions over its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

He was asked about Trump's combative speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday in which the American president threatened "to totally destroy North Korea" if the forced to defend itself or its allies and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded calling Trump "deranged" and saying he will "pay dearly" for his threats.

Lavrov used his speech at the assembly to criticize Washington for its unilateral sanctions, calling such steps taken outside of the Security Council "illegitimate" and arguing that they "undermine the collective nature of worldwide efforts". "And they happen to be extraterritorial in nature and they threaten the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which became one of the key factors of regional and global stability". The attempts to ignore the opinions of others and to issue ultimatums without the United Nations approval "never led to anything good", he added.

Lavrov said that it was "unacceptable to incite to riots. for the sake of the so-called democratization of Venezuela".

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