MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky told Sputnik on Thursday that a possible US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran may lead to possible "outbreaks" from Tehran.
Earlier on Thursday, the Washington Post newspaper reported that US President Donald Trump intended to "de-certify" the nuclear deal with Iran next week. According to the newspaper, Trump is expected to deliver a speech on October 12, when he will open the door to modifying the agreement as part of a tougher approach toward Iran. Under the terms of the current nuclear agreement, Trump has time until October 15 to certify Iran's compliance.
"Today's Washington, apparently, needs to stigmatize [Iran] on this dossier, which is fraught with possible outbreaks from Tehran. This decision can hardly be called constructive," Slutsky said.
Slutsky stressed that this US intention looked like a provocation.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, is an international agreement providing for the gradual lifting of economic and diplomatic sanctions imposed on Iran by Western countries in exchange for closing Tehran's nuclear program. The agreement was concluded between Iran and the P5+1 countries (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, United States plus Germany) in 2015 after years of diplomatic work and came into force in January 2016.
Earlier, Trump said in his speech to the UN General Assembly that the deal was "an embarrassment" to the United States.