Russia urged the United States to stay out of Iran’s “domestic affairs,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, adding that what was happening in Iran was an internal affair which attracted the international community’s attention, but that despite all the attempts for distortion of the essence of what was going on, he was certain that the country would be able to overcome the difficulties and emerge as a stronger country, Reuters reported citing the Russian news agency TASS.
According to Ryabkov, those problems included the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal that Iran reached with world powers in 2015, and which has been criticized by President Donald Trump.
“The United States demonstrates a destructive approach towards the JCPOA by demanding the revision of some provisions of this agreement. Taking out of the package arbitrarily only what suits the Americans and demanding amending those provisions, which, for some reasons that are unknown to us, do not suit the Americans is a destructive approach. It can undermine the agreement reached with difficulty,” Ryabkov stated.
Last week anti-government demonstrations erupted in Iran and Trump supported the protesters. So far, at least 21 people have lost their lives in the protests. According to Ryabkov, the United States was intentionally using the situation in Iran to try to undermine the sustainability of the JCPOA.
“The current situation when Washington yields to temptation to take advantage of the moment to bring up new questions with regard to the JCPOA testifies to a deliberate attempt to undermine the global community’s commitment to the JCPOA,” he emphasized.
Meanwhile, Iran’s army chief said on Thursday that police forces had quelled the unrest, but his troops were ready to intervene if needed.