Ending Iran deal could destabilize Middle East, Russia says


Asked whether Riyadh would "build a bomb itself" if Tehran seizes on Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 Iran deal to resume a nuclear weapons program, Jubeir said: "If Iran acquires nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same".

Putin's major ambitions in Europe would appear now to hinge more on President Trump's relations with a Europe disturbed and even hostile to the U.S. president's economic and political views, and more immediately, a decision Trump could make this month rejecting the agreement on Iran's nuclear future. Alongside China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany, the United States wanted Iran to halt their nuclear weapons program. "The U.S. decision makes no difference to the British assessments" as the country's national security depends on it.

Earlier, Deputy defense Minister Alexander Fomin said that the decision to supply Syria Russian air defense systems is still pending. The trio expressed "regret and concern" over Trump's decision and urged the U.S.to keep the structures of the agreement "intact". It seems that Trump was not swayed by either France's President Macron or Germany's Chancellor Merkel to preserve the deal.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas noted a crucial importance of preserving the nuclear deal, confirming that the German stance on the issue also remains the same.

"The United States will continue to support robust implementation of IAEA inspections in Iran to the full extent of the IAEA's authority", an official at the US mission to the IAEA in Vienna told dpa. "If they do, there will be very severe consequences".

Iran and Israel have engaged in a number of clashes in Syria, where Tehran's forces are aiding Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Fourth, Iran will have every reason to accelerate its ballistic missile program, which poses a greater danger not only to Israel but to the US' allies throughout the region.

Khamenei has the final say on all state matters and commands the loyalty of the IRGC, which has huge political and economic influence domestically.

The United States President Donald Trump's decision can have implications on Pakistan as the latter has close defence bilateral agreements with Iran.

"From this moment, the JCPOA is between Iran and five countries. The Kremlin doesn't want a direct conflict between Iran and Israel, but if it were to happen, they have an interest in playing both sides", she said.