Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said yesterday that Tehran and Moscow must increase dialogue in the wake of the United States’ decision to leave the 2015 nuclear deal, Russian state news agency Tass reported.
Rouhani made the comments during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) summit in the Chinese city of Qingdao.
“As for the United States’ illegal walkout from these agreements, a far more serious and important dialogue between our countries is required,” Tass quoted Rouhani as saying.
Rouhani added that relations between Iran and Russia were increasingly positive.”With each day, they (the relations) are developing forward,” Rouhani said, according to Tass.
Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with the United States and other major powers aimed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons in return for lifting sanctions that stifled its economy.
US President Donald Trump announced the United States’ exit from the deal in May, simultaneously ordering that US sanctions be revived.
Britain, France and Germany, which negotiated the agreement together with the US, Russia and China, are trying to salvage the deal by shielding European firms with Iran ties from the revived US sanctions.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) have said they had killed nine militants in a security operation carried out in the northwest of the country near the border with Iraq.
The militants had planned an attack in northern Iraq before crossing over the border into Iran on Friday, according to an IRGC statement carried by state media.
“Members of the terrorist team received orders from the heads of terrorist groups in northern Iraq and had careful plans to carry out terrorist and anti-security actions after infiltrating (Iran),” the statement said.
It did not elaborate on the identity of the militants, but when using the word “terrorists” the IRGC generally means militants who are sworn enemies of Iran.
The IRGC suffered no casualties in the security operation in the northwestern Iranian town of Oshnavieh, it said.
Iran’s border with Iraq is porous and there is little co-ordination between the security forces in either country. In June 2017, Islamic State militants carried out co-ordinated attacks at the parliament building in Tehran and the mausoleum of Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah R Khomeini south of the capital, killing at least 18 people.
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