USA complaints over Iran nuclear deal's implementation 'irrelevant': Russian Federation

Companies from China and Iran will this weekend sign the first commercial contracts to redesign an Iranian nuclear plant as part of an worldwide deal reached in 2015 over Iran's nuclear programme, China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

"A comprehensive Iran policy requires we address all of the threats posed by Iran, and it is clear there are many", he said.

In the redesign, the heavy water reactor will be reconfigured so it can not yield fissile plutonium usable in a nuclear bomb.

In that regard, UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which backed and endorsed the JCPOA, states that assuming Iran complies with all its obligations, within 10 years of the agreement's adoption (2015) "all the provisions of resolution 2231 shall be terminated and the Security Council will have concluded its consideration of the Iranian nuclear issue".

China and the United States are joint heads of the working group on the Arak project, and progress has been smooth, Lu told a daily news briefing.

As the state department announced a review of the 2015 deal to establish if the lifting of sanctions was in the United States' security interests, U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that Iran is the world's "leading state sponsor of terrorism" and responsible for "intensifying multiple conflicts and undermining USA interests in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Lebanon" as well as supporting attacks against Israel.

He added that Tehran's nuclear ambitions place a threat on world peace, and it holds the worst record with human rights - highlighting that Iran's danger to the region and world must be seen.

The deal came into force on January 16, 2016, after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran was ready to implement the program to reduce its nuclear potential. "The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran".

In response, North Korea said it may test missiles on a weekly basis, and warned of "all-out war" if the USA takes military action.

Former President Barack Obama would have agreed with all the charges: that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism, that it supports proxies which undermine U.S. interests in the region, that it's hostile to Israel and that its ballistic missile tests challenge UN Security Council prohibitions.

Iran has defended its nuclear programme as purely civilian and its supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei warned in November that Tehran would retaliate if the United States breached the nuclear agreement.

The secretary of state earlier acknowledged the Iranians had met the terms of the 2015 deal, but raised concerns about the country as a "state sponsor of terrorism".

  • Leroy Wright