Russian politician: US may violate nuclear agreement not Iran

Russian politician: US may violate nuclear agreement not Iran

It is the United States that may jeopardize the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 not Iran, says a high-ranking Russian politician.

It is the United States that may jeopardize the nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 not Iran, says a high-ranking Russian politician.

"I believe that Iran is serious and they expect the same serious attitude from the US and other negotiation participants," Russian Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov told Interfax on Friday.

Tehran and the Sextet of world powers – the US, Britain, Russia, France, China, and Germany – reached a mutual understanding over Iran’s nuclear program in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Thursday following months of negotiations.

Pushkov (pictured above) said the fact that some in the US government are against the move can cause "considerable risks".

He was referring to the Republican party, which holds the majority in the US Congress, with many of its members being outspokenly against a deal with the Iran.

"It is not an accident that a group of Republican senators have written a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, warning him that the next president of the US may sever this agreement," said the Russian parliamentarian, calling the move "a very dangerous precedent" that reduces trust in US policies.

The letter, signed by nearly every Senate Republican earlier March, warned Iran that any deal without the Congress backing would be null.

If a Republican president replaces Obama and acts against the deal, the US president’s capability to sign any agreements is questioned, Pushkov said, noting, "This is aggressive irresponsibility of the US Congress or a part thereof, and it is manifested in their attitude to Russia and to Iran".

    "In such situations, the question arises: to what degree can the US executive administration be trusted if part of the Congress believe they can disown agreements signed by the president?"

He further predicted that the deal might also face regional opposition particularly at the time of signing in June.

The Russian politician said “Iran will stick to this decision" as it has no reason to violate the deal since it is not making “an attempt to deceive anyone, as some Western politicians are trying to present it".

Based on the agreement, all international sanctions imposed against Iran would be lifted in exchange for certain steps Tehran should take to limit its nuclear program.




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