Russia seeks to convince Iran to remain in nuclear deal

Sputnik – According to member of the Russian upper house of parliament, Russia will do its utmost to convince Iran not to withdraw from a two-year international agreement curbing its nuclear program.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia will do its utmost to convince Iran not to withdraw from a two-year international agreement curbing its nuclear program, member of the Russian upper house of parliament’s foreign affairs committee Oleg Morozov told Sputnik on Tuesday.

“I think we will do everything possible to convince Iran to maintain the status-quo,” Morozov said. “The uncontrolled spread of nuclear technologies is not at all a boon for all, including Russia.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an address to lawmakers earlier in the day that Tehran could leave the nuclear deal “in hours” if the United States continues expanding sanctions.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, was signed in July 2015 by P5+1 group of countries. The agreement stipulates the lifting of UN, EU and US nuclear-related sanctions on Iran in exchange for the suspension of Tehran’s nuclear weapons program. The plan came into force on January 16, 2016.