Iranian, Russian, Azerbaijani Leaders Call For Commitment To Nuclear Deal

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Tehran and Moscow needed to step up cooperation to isolate the United States and restore peace in the Middle East, Iranian state TV reported.

The first trilateral meeting was held in August 2016 in Baku where Rouhani, Putin and Aliyev discussed joint economic plans and other issues.

The president pointed out that Iran and Russian Federation have contributed to not only fighting terrorism in Syria, but have been successfully involved in a peaceful negotiations process to solve the crisis, having paved the way for political settlement in the war-torn country.

Tehran signed the deal with six countries including Russian Federation and the United States, but Trump last month refused to certify the agreement, drawing criticism from Moscow which slammed the U.S. president's "aggressive and threatening rhetoric" against Iran. Our cooperation can isolate the United States.

Both Tehran and Moscow now support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and are fighting together against the Islamic State terrorist group. I would like to stress that we are working with Iran in a very productive way.

Russian Federation is one of the signatories to the landmark nuclear accord under which Tehran agreed to curb its atomic program in exchange for sanctions relief.

"During the exchange of views on pressing worldwide and regional issues, special attention will be paid to coordination of joint efforts to combat terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking and transnational crime", the press service said. Trump has also not ruled out an outright cancellation of the deal. "This cooperation will restore stability in the region", Khamenei said during his meeting with Putin, according to state television.

The U.S. suspects that Iran has been seeking to build a nuclear bomb.

"Both Russia and Iran are under American pressure".

Putin was in Tehran to take part in the second three-way summit with Rouhani and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.

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