Iran rules out any change to nuclear accord

Iran on Saturday rejected any modification of its nuclear deal with world powers after US President Donald Trump demanded tough new measures to keep the agreement alive.

Iran “will not accept any amendments in this agreement, be it now or in the future, and it will not allow any other issues to be linked to the JCPOA”, the foreign ministry said in a statement, using the 2015 deal’s technical name.

It has the backing of all the partners to the agreement apart from the United States, with Russia warning Washington on Saturday that withdrawing would be “a big miscalculation”.

“We are gradually coming to the conclusion that an internal decision by the US to leave the JCPOA has already been made or is close to being made,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency.

“This could be one of Washington’s big foreign policy mistakes,” he added.

Trump again waived nuclear-related sanctions on Friday — as required every few months to stay in the agreement — but demanded that European partners work with Washington to “fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw”.

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