28 Sep 2019 11:50

Lavrov: U.S. actions in relation to Iran detrimental to region

NEW YORK, UN. Sept 27 (Interfax) - The actions taken by the authorities of the United States in relation to Iran are detrimental to the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"The issues related to the collapse of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action must be considered not starting from the current session of the General Assembly. They began much earlier, a year and a half ago, when the U.S. had unilaterally withdrawn from this document, which was endorsed by the Security Council and thus became part of international law, and said that they also forbid all the rest from doing it [preserving the deal]," Lavrov said at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

"This actions are detrimental not only for the specific situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear program, but for nuclear non-proliferation and the situation in the region in general," Lavrov said.

The Russian minister said he regrets that "U.S. colleagues look almost at any aspect of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa through the anti-Iranian lenses."

"It's like they are deliberately attempting to find more reasons to try backing the groundless claims that Iran is the root of evil in the region and Iran alone causes all woes," he said.