Russian Federation calls for restraint from Iran, Israel after missile strikes

Mikhail Klimentyev  Press Service of the Russian President  TASS

Mikhail Klimentyev Press Service of the Russian President TASS

"As of today, the IAEA can confirm that the nuclear-related commitments are being implemented by Iran", IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a statement.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland supported an effective rules-based worldwide order, saying that the JCPOA was essential to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability and to ensure greater regional and global security.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the JCPOA and promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Iran in response to Tehran's development of the nuclear program.

Responding to Trump's concerns that the 2015 agreement was too narrow, Macron said he wanted to push for a wider deal covering Iran's ballistics program and activities in the Middle East.

Iran politicians set fire to the U.S. flag in Parliament and chant "death to America" over Trump's decision to exit nuke deal. "It is in Iran's interest, too, to keep the agreement alive", Maas said after meeting Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. The European Union, Russia and China have all said they remain committed to the agreement. In this case, Tehran could continue to adhere to the provisions of the deal, even though Iran will still suffer from unilateral (but not as severe) American sanctions.

Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN on Wednesday that his country will seek to develop its own nuclear weapons if Iran does. Under US law, Trump must wait at least 180 days before imposing their most severe consequences, which includes targeting banks of countries that fail to appreciably cut their oil purchases from Iran.

U.S. allies in the region - Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain - welcomed the move. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the missiles targeted depots and rocket launchers that likely belonged to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in Kisweh, killing nine people.

"Without doubt we will make sure firstly that this does not destroy the JCPOA".

The United States President Donald Trump's decision can have implications on Pakistan as the latter has close defence bilateral agreements with Iran. Moscow, he said, could use its influence on Tehran to that end.

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