State Department: Iran-Russia military-technical cooperation removes nuclear deal restoration from US agenda
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 – RIA Novosti. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that the US has removed the re-establishment of the nuclear deal from the agenda of relations with Iran and put opposition to military-technical cooperation with Russia.
Western countries allege that Iran has supplied Russia with drones for military operations in Ukraine. Moscow and Tehran have denied such accusations. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani described the claims that a drone was sent to the Russian Federation on December 22 as unfounded and reiterated that Tehran did not send drones to any side of the conflict.
“The JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) has been off the agenda for months. Top of our agenda is to do everything we can to protect the universal rights of the Iranian people and to counter the growing security cooperation between Iran and Russia,” Price said at the media briefing.
US President Joe Biden has previously acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal is “dead”, but has refused to make it official. Officially, US authorities continue to participate in negotiations designed to restore the deals that President Donald Trump abandoned.
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