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Russia Says "A Pity" U.S. Casts Doubt On Iran Nuclear Deal


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) meets with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Moscow, April 14, 2017

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday it is a pity that the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump was casting doubt on the 2015 deal to curtail Iran's nuclear weapons program.

"Unfortunately now our American partners call this ...(treaty) into question," Lavrov told a meeting with students broadcast live by state television.

"In the Trump administration they continue calling these agreements wrong and erroneous, and it's a pity that such a successful treaty is now somewhat being cast into doubt."

Trump said on Thursday said he did not believe that Iran was living up to the spirit of the deal.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also reacted to Trump's statement by tweeting, "POTUS always wanted to kill JCPOA. To avoid isolation, he's trying to blame it on Iran. Bad faith on top of US violating the letter & spirit."

The Islamic Republic and the U.S. both accuse each other of violating the spirit of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Reporting based on Reuters
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