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Zakharova: Any Changes to Iran Nuclear Deal Unacceptable

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Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Moscow's continuing to honor its commitments under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal Iran made with major world powers for as long as other countries abide by their obligations.

Maria Zakharova

In this regard, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that Russia would deem any changes to the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], to be unacceptable.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump, a long-time critic of the deal, is facing a May 12 deadline to decide whether to pull out of the agreement. Trump has repeatedly warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement reached under his predecessor Barack Obama.

He said on January 12 that he wanted America's European allies to use the 120-day period before sanctions relief again came up for renewal to agree to tougher measures and new conditions; otherwise Washington would pull out of the deal.

Under the multilateral nuclear agreement, Iran undertook to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Other parties to the agreement have all criticized Trump's hostile views, saying the deal is sound and has proven to be functioning.

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