Iran deal must be preserved — United Nations chief

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Russia's top diplomat, who stressed that Russian Federation will work to preserve the existing Iran nuclear deal, also warned that the agreement's collapse could be detrimental to dialogue with North Korea.

The deal is a "major achievement of nuclear nonproliferation and diplomacy, and has contributed to regional and global peace and security", he said.

Calling it "a last chance", Trump said the United States "will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal". Trump announced on January 12 that if Congress and the deal's European signatories did not fix the deal's "disastrous flaws", the US would withdraw.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened Thursday's meeting warning that the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force". "I remain deeply concerned over the growing risk of military confrontation and the unimaginable consequences that would result".

At the UN, Lavrov reiterated the importance of seeking a peaceful solution to the Korean crisis.

The parties to the nuclear deal created a joint commission to handle any complaints of breaches.

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"Russia is not going to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons", he said.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal based on its "mechanisms", stressing that it must be preserved.

On Friday, Trump extended waivers of economic sanctions on Iran for another 120 days but said he was doing so "for the last time". She pointed to its support for "terrorists, proxy militants and murderers like Bashar Assad", the Syrian president.

On Friday, while US President Donald Trump agreed to extend the waivers for sanctions on Iran, the US Department of Treasury imposed new sanctions on 14 Iranian individuals and entities over Iran's alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile programme.

By contrast, Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev and China's Wu touted the Iran nuclear deal as a model for future agreements.

He also expressed grave concern at "the growing threat of chemical terrorism in the Middle East, specifically on the territories of Iraq and Syria".

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