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    A Swiss lawmaker from the Christian Democratic People's Party commented in an interview with Sputnik on the recent decision by US President Donald Trump not to verify Iran's compliance with the nuclear deal.

    ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — Washington should adhere to the Iran nuclear deal and ask for more verification if needed instead of risking to ruin the accord, Filippo Lombardi, a lawmaker from the Swiss Christian Democratic People's Party, told Sputnik on Saturday.

    "I am very worried now about all these attempts to disrupt the deal. I don't know if President Trump has information other than international leaders have because other states such as Germany, France, Italy, the UK think that this deal is working. Either Trump has different information and better intelligence services than the others or there is a political problem in the relationships he wants to build with some countries. For me, the only way would be is to stick to this agreement, work on it, ask for more verification if necessary, but not put into jeopardy the deal itself," Lombardi said on the sidelines of the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

    Instead of ruining relations with Iran, the Swiss lawmaker called for more cooperation with Tehran, especially taking into account its anti-terrorism efforts in the Middle East.

    "Iran may have in the past like others [been] contributing toward destabilization, but now it seems that Iran's priority has shifted and they contribute toward stabilization; we need to take them by their word and to work with them to stabilize the region," Lombardi pointed out.

    The lawmaker's comment comes after Donald Trump announced on Friday his intention to preserve the US's nuclear deal with Iran, but will decertify Tehran's compliance with the agreement under the congressional Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INRA).

    Prior to Trump's decision not to certify the Iran deal, all the other P5+1 group members that brokered the historic 2015 agreement called on Washington to refrain from exiting it.

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal, was signed in July 2015 by Iran and the P5+1 group of nations comprising the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany after years of diplomatic work.

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