Iran's speaker: Spiking nuclear deal an insult to UN
MOSCOW (AP) — The Iranian parliament speaker said Friday that any U.S. move against a nuclear deal with Iran would be an insult to the United Nations.
Speaker Ali Larijani spoke on a visit to Russia hours before U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech expected to contain harsh criticism of the 2015 nuclear accord and Iran’s activities that troubled Washington and its allies.
The agreement offered Iran relief from crippling economic sanctions in exchange for strict limits on its nuclear program. It was painstakingly negotiated by then-President Barack Obama’s administration and also involved a coalition of world powers including Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Larijani said the accord has received a U.N. blessing, so any move to spike it would represent an “primarily an insult to the U.N.” He added that any revision of the deal would allow Iran to take its own actions, and warned that the U.S. move could destabilize the international situation.
“We will continue to adhere to our obligations … for as long as other parties observe the agreement,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.