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Russia, Tehran Concerned Ahead Of Trump Decision On Iran Deal

Iranian President Hassan Rohani gives a speech in the city of Tabriz on April 25, 2018.

Russia and Iran have expressed serious concerns about a decision that U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to make on May 8 about the future of Iran’s nuclear deal with six world powers.

The Kremlin on May 8 warned that a “very serious situation” will emerge if Trump pulls the United States out of the accord.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on May 8 acknowledged Iran could "face some problems" if Trump announced that he will reimpose sanctions on the country.

Speaking at a petroleum expo in Tehran, Rouhani said "It is possible that we will face some problems for two or three months, but we will pass through this."

Rouhani also said Iran wants to keep "working with the world and constructive engagement with the world."

Those remarks appeared to be a reference to European countries that have struck a series of business deals with Iran since the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Trump was due to announce his decision at 2 p.m. Washington time on May 8.

Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran’s parliament, said ahead of Trump’s announcement that a U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal would lead to more unity among Iranians.

“Mr. Trump, rest assure that this loyalty on the nuclear issue will [encourage] the great Iranian nation to continue on the path of the Islamic Revolution firmly behind the leadership of its supreme leader,” the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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