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Russia calls on Iran to stick to nuclear deal

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Iran should not withdraw from the landmark international nuclear monitoring agreement brokered two years ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has threatened to renege on the deal, which provided sanctions relief in return for Iran accepting inspections of its nuclear program, in the face of fresh U.S. sanctions.

“Regarding the statement of Iranian President Rouhani about the possible withdrawal of Tehran from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I hope that this will not happen,” Lavrov said at a Moscow news conference.

On Tuesday, Rouhani said Tehran would quit from the deal if the U.S. continued to impose new sanctions.

“Iran will definitely return to a much more advanced state of the pre-negotiations era in a short time,” he said in a statement. “It is just a matter of hours or days.”

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