UPDATED 7:40 AM PT — Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is urging the EU to support the failed nuclear deal with Iran. During a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Monday, Lavrov said the 2015 accord must be respected by all its signatories. He rejected criticism of the deal by top U.S. officials, saying it falls in line with United Nation resolutions on Iran.
Earlier in the day, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the latest Iranian threats with European allies in Brussels. He urged the EU to ramp-up sanctions on the Ayatollah regime.
Lavrov also touted Russia’s strict compliance with the terms of the Iran Nuclear Deal:
“We reaffirm the illegitimate nature of Washington’s unilateral anti-Iranian sanctions aimed in particular at stopping oil exports from Iran. We also noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran remains committed to the nuclear deal, but expects the same from our European colleagues who also have to fulfill their part of the agreement.”
Meanwhile, Iran said it would restart its nuclear activities and terminate parts of the nuclear deal, while remaining in compliance with the “spirit” of the accord.