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Rouhani, Putin Criticize U.S. At SCO Summit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit (SCO) in Qingdao, China June 9, 2018. Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin REUTERS

As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit got underway in the Chinese port city of Qingdao, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani and Russian president Vladimir Putin both criticized United States policies.

Rouhani on Sunday said that U.S. efforts to impose its policies on others are a threat to all. Last month, president Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, re-imposing sanctions on Iran that can have a crippling effect on the country.

Rouhani added that Iran appreciates Russian and Chinese efforts to save the nuclear agreement.

At the same time, Putin also criticized the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, insisting that Washington's decision has worried members of SCO.

President Trump made his decision based on the view that the nuclear agreement had shortcomings and also that Iran's behavior in the region was threatening the security of other countries.

SCO is a Chinese and Russian-led security bloc aimed at fostering a united front among Asian countries. The bloc includes China, Russia along with four ex-Soviet Central Asian nations, as well as India and Pakistan.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP