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Iran: Russia warns against Tehran's possible withdrawal from Non-Proliferation Treaty *PARTNER CONTENT*

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
May 30, 2019 at 07:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that Iran's possible decision to "launch a withdrawal procedure" from the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons would be "wrong", speaking in an interview in Tehran on Wednesday.

Top diplomat added that this would not be "an adequate response to what is happening around the JCPOA."

"The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons is one of the cornerstones of the entire modern international system," Ryabkov concluded.

Ryabkov met his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araghchi in Tehran on Wednesday to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, as tensions ramp up between Iran and the US over the agreement's future.

Iran reduced some of its commitments in the deal earlier in May after months of US sanctions and the US withdrawal from the deal a year earlier.

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated that Iran's possible decision to "launch a withdrawal procedure" from the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons would be "wrong", speaking in an interview in Tehran on Wednesday.

Top diplomat added that this would not be "an adequate response to what is happening around the JCPOA."

"The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons is one of the cornerstones of the entire modern international system," Ryabkov concluded.

Ryabkov met his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araghchi in Tehran on Wednesday to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, as tensions ramp up between Iran and the US over the agreement's future.

Iran reduced some of its commitments in the deal earlier in May after months of US sanctions and the US withdrawal from the deal a year earlier.

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SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister (Russian): "We think that Iranian offer to enter a multilateral nonaggression pact in Persian Gulf region came just in time. We have discussed it today as well. This offer goes together with another Russian initiative on the development of a complex of measures to fortify confidence in the Persian Gulf. Addressing our Arab friends and colleagues we repeat that all these options are still relevant and we are ready to help to fulfill it. The success in this field in my view will help to save the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). I hope that Arab leaders who will gather together in Mecca for a summit will hear this Russian-Iranian call for them to fix problems and to ease tensions through the agreements."

SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister (Russian): "We simply cannot understand how strong and powerful these proud people are. The capitulation is out of the question. We will see the straight, strong and constant defense of interests. In this respect, Russia and our friendly country Iran stand shoulder by shoulder."

SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister (Russian): "Are our American colleagues ready to formulate a constructive agenda and workable proposals to Iran? Through the maximum pressure, through the policy of pressure and zeroing out of Iranian oil exports, they will not achieve this. I am sure that a constructive alternative is needed. You can walk with a whip in your hand, but not in the Persian Gulf region."

SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister (Russian): "We have heard signals that, under certain conditions, the Iranian side may decide to launch a withdrawal procedure from the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons. We would consider such a decision to be wrong. We do not believe it is possible to agree that this would be an adequate response to what is happening around the JCPOA. After all, the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons is one of the cornerstones of the entire modern international system."

SOT, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister (Russian): "We have a comprehensive and full-fledged set of measures that are applicable to this situation. We will continue to discuss it with our Iranian colleagues, as well as with other sane forces. We hope that our programme will receive a proper response."

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