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Don't walk away from Iran nuclear deal — United Nations to Trump

04 May 2018

Iran's foreign minister said on Thursday that demands by U.S President Donald Trump to change Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers were unacceptable, as a deadline set by US for Europeans to "fix" the deal loomed.

"If the United States withdraws from the nuclear deal, then we will not stay in it", foreign policy advisor Ali Akbar Velayati was quoted as saying by the state television website.

A USA withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal could have severe ramifications for political stability in the Middle East.

"But Trump's impetuousness to celebrate blew the cover", Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posted to his Twitter account on May 1.

"This appeasement entails promises of a new deal that would include matters we all made a decision to exclude at the outset of our negotiations, including Iran's defence capabilities, and regional influence", Zarif said.

Citing Iran's missile program and its role in Middle East conflicts, Trump has ridiculed the nuclear agreement reached under his predecessor as "flawed" and a "disaster".

"When the United States is out of the deal, it means that there is no deal left", he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

The ambassador denied Iran would restart any nuclear weapons production. If true, it would be in breach of the 2015 deal agreed with world powers.

"I believe the JCPOA the Iran nuclear deal was an important diplomatic victory".

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He has warned that the United States would withdraw completely on 12 May - the next deadline for waiving sanctions - unless European signatories to the deal and Congress addressed his concerns.

Iran maintains that the missiles it has tested are not created to carry nuclear warheads and insists its nuclear programme is a peaceful one for energy purposes.

Mr Guterres called on the U.S. leader not to withdraw from the deal, saying that it risked a real possibility of war if the agreement was not maintained.

"We have never been naive about Iran and its nuclear intentions", a British government spokesman said, according to the BBC. "We face risky times". "So I think we should separate things".

Trump must decide by May 12 whether to continue waiving sanctions against Iran in exchange for the continued suspension of the nuclear program.

Top aides are not seeking aggressively to talk Trump out of withdrawal because he seems intent on it, a second White House official said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented evidence that in the years before the agreement, Iran was working on nuclear weapons while claiming to be pursuing civilian nuclear power.

Trump has repeatedly called the agreement, which was brokered with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, "the worst deal ever".

On Monday, new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will work with its allies to counter Iran's "malign" influence and support for terrorism in the region.

Don't walk away from Iran nuclear deal — United Nations to Trump