8 May 2018 17:33

Kremlin reaffirms Putin's opinion that Iran deal's possible dismantlement would lead to 'inevitable destructive consequences'

MOSCOW. May 8 (Interfax) - Any attempts to scrap the system of agreements on the Iranian nuclear program would be destructive, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in commenting on U.S. President Donald Trump's statement on his intention to announce his decision on the Iran nuclear deal soon.

Peskov was asked by journalists on Tuesday whether President Vladimir Putin talked with some other leaders to discuss the possibility that the U.S. might pull out of the deal.

"You know the president's consistent line aimed at preserving the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program] as the only real basis for maintaining this valuable status quo. You are also well aware of Russia's and President Putin's opinion that any actions aimed at scrapping these agreements would lead to inevitable destructive consequences," Peskov said.

He recalled Putin's recent contacts, including with the German chancellor, the French president, and other heads of state.

Journalists asked Peskov to clarify why attempts to dismantle the Iran deal would be destructive.

"The consequences will be destructive as this would put an end to the existence of a very fragile but indispensable system of agreements between the countries concerned regarding Iran's nuclear dossier, and generally as regards nonproliferation matters," Peskov said.