Lavrov confirms Russia's commitment to maintain sustainability of Iran nuclear deal

Ann Santiago
September 25, 2017

Relations since Trump moved into the White House have been strained, but Lavrov said Russia had been pleased by parts of Trump's first address to the United Nations, which analysts say Russians saw as acknowledging the need for the USA to share the world stage and avoid interference in other countries' affairs and the impulse to dictate what they should do.

The sides "exchanged opinions on developments in the Middle East region", the ministry said.

Wang said the BRICS countries should carry forward with such an approach and fabricate a network of partners that is open, stable and plural.

Resuming peace talks was just as much a part of the United Nations resolutions as enforcing sanctions, Wang said, according to a statement issued by China's Foreign Ministry late on Friday.

Lavrov and al-Jaafari also touched upon key aspects of bilateral cooperation and outlined ways to bolster it. And in his address to the UN, Trump drew dismayed laughter and later, criticism for his declaration that if North Korea threatens the U.S., he will "totally destroy" it.

He said that both Russian Federation and the United States have to address the situation as it is, which he said was created by "the spiral of unfriendly steps started by the Obama administration", but still work like "responsible people" to address their bilateral ties as well as serious worldwide issues. "They did it, and that's the reality we live in".

He urged the five countries to push all sides to follow the basic principles of the UN Charter, such as equal sovereignty, non-interference in domestic affairs and peaceful settlement of disputes, and to constantly enhance the UN Security Council's primary obligations in maintaining global peace and security.

Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a "madman" on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" who would face the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history" in retaliation for Trump saying the USA would "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.

The minister then called on all the parties to the Korean crisis to start a dialogue, and said that there is "no alternative to the political and diplomatic settlement of the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula". It was a theme that Lavrov struck as well, presenting Russian Federation, which invaded and annexed Crimea in 2014, as a force for balance, stability and peace on the world stage. "Unfortunately, the arsenal of many Western states have not diplomacy but rough pressure", he said, expanding into criticism of the U.S. policy toward Iran and Trump's hints that he will leave the multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that constrains Tehran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

He was asked about Trump's combative speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday in which the American president threatened "to totally destroy North Korea" if the forced to defend itself or its allies and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded calling Trump "deranged" and saying he will "pay dearly" for his threats. He was using an abbreviation for the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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