NATO’s Sec. Gen. says 5+1 nuclear deal must be decoupled from Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks at a press conference at the end of NATO foreign ministers meetings at alliance headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, 31 March 2017.

NATO’s Sec. Gen. says 5+1 nuclear deal must be decoupled from Iran’s state-sponsored terrorism


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The five plus one nuclear agreement sealed in 2015 should not be compromised, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg argued on Wednesday.

The agreement between Iran and Russia, Germany, France, the UK, and the United States has often been hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough. However, President Donald Trump has repeatedly warned that Washington will withdraw, citing Teheran’s support for terrorism.  

NATO’s Secretary General argued that concerns over state-sponsored terrorist activity should not undermine Washington’s commitment to the nuclear agreement.

Addressing foreign ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, the Secretary General admitted that while support for groups like Hezbollah are “an issue,” the question of nuclear compliance should not be conflated with the question of state sponsored terrorism.

While recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday, the US President also took the time to prevent Iran from exporting terrorism. At the same time, President Trump also lambasted NATO member states for their failure to pay the agreed 2% of the GDP on defence.

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