Russians Urge U.S. To Get Its Act Together On Nuclear Deal

Oct 16, 2017

The Russian foreign ministry urged the Trump administration to stop meddling in the Iranian nuclear deal. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, "There is an American saying our overseas colleagues often use in such situations: ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.’” "It seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently," he continued. He said that Iran is “fully implementing its liabilities” under the agreement. But warned that the same could not be said of the Unites States if the Trump administration abandons the agreement. The foreign minister said that what really needs to be improved in the agreement is “the implementation of the existing agreements by the U.S. side.” He said that Russia would continue to pressure Iran on “the importance of keeping the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” going. On Friday, President Trump said, I am announcing today that we cannot and will not make this certification.” He did not commit the United States to immediately pull out of the agreement. Congress will have 60 days to strengthen the agreement or impose new sanctions on Iran.