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Iran rules out any change to nuclear accord
January 13, 2018
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TEHRAN: 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 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."

He said the new deal should curb Iran's missile programme and include permanent restrictions on Iran's nuclear plants, removing expiration dates due to kick in after a decade.

The other parties to the agreement - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union - have all said the deal is working and that Iran is complying fully with its commitments.

Britain and Germany said on Friday they had taken note of Trump's latest decision and would confer with France before responding.

On the streets of Tehran, many have grown cynical and exasperated by the endless pressure from the United States.

"It doesn't make any difference. We have been under US sanctions for the last 40 years," said Farshad Alyan, a 26-year-old law student.

"Two years ago when the JCPOA was signed we were so hopeful. We don't have that hope any more."
Agence France-Presse

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