“There are other countries in the region with such programs. We must look at it as a whole. It is hardly justified to mix nuclear affairs with human rights and put the issue on the agenda that Iran should stop taking certain steps in the region… to my mind, a frankly discriminatory, biased and unjustifiably captious approach can be seen behind these US actions,” Russian News Agency Sputnik quoted Lavrov as saying in an interview with Russian TV.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Russian FM referred to Iran nuclear deal officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying ‘this agreement is effective.’
“Americans have a proverb 'if it is not broken, do not repair.” This agreement is in fact not at all 'broken' and it is very effective. But they try to “fix it,” but beforehand they try to break it. This is bad,” Lavrov stressed.
US President Donald Trump, who had said his administration would decertify the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, decided on Jan 12 to extend the sanctions waiver to the country for the third time as a part of the landmark deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
He claimed that this is the 'last time' that he certified the JCPOA unless the amendments that he had mentioned earlier be included to the landmark nuclear deal.
Since Trump announced his decision on Iran deal, many European and American officials have expressed support of the deal.
“We remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” EU spokesperson earlier said taking note of US President Donald Trump’s recent statement on Iran deal.