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Iran vows proper response to new United States sanctions

Guterres Iran nuclear deal must be protected Iran vows proper response to new United States sanctions
Melinda Barton | 20 January, 2018, 03:54

The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty has been signed by 56 United Nations member states and ratified by four countries as of last fall. He said that would be "an important condition for creating an atmosphere of trust and Pyongyang's return to the negotiation table".

The diplomat also said that North Korea poses the greatest threat to nuclear proliferation and is continuing "its reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons. while its people starve and to threaten other nations while intimidating its own citizens".

Haley described Iran as "the leading cause of instability in an unstable part of the world", saying it supports "terrorists, proxy militants, and murderers like [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad".

"We can not ignore the very real danger of chemical terrorism spreading beyond the Middle East, taking into account, in particular, a significant segment of foreign militants among extremists", he said.

On Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, repeated criticism of Russian Federation for using its veto power to block further investigations into gas attacks in Syria, accusing Moscow of protecting President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Russia's foreign minister is warning that a failure of the Iran nuclear deal, especially as a result of action by the Trump administration, would send "an alarming message" to North Korea and impact all global agreements.

Trump said he was waiving US nuclear-related sanctions for another 120 days, as required under the deal in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities.

Trump again waived nuclear-related sanctions last week - as required every few months to stay in the agreement - but demanded European partners work with Washington to "fix the deal's disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that any issues not directly related to the Iran nuclear deal "should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement", according to Reuters.

"I am also encouraged by the decision of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in the Republic of Korea", he said, calling for expansion of diplomatic efforts to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.