>> Russia will not support America's demands for changes to the Iran nuclear deal. On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow will work to preserve the existing agreement. Lavrov's remarks come after US President Donald Trump said he wanted to fix, quote, the terrible flaws of the 2015 deal that curbed Iran's nuclear program.
> What the US is trying to do now is basically to change the wording of the agreement, including things that will be absolutely unacceptable for Iran. And we will not support them. Lavrov also suggested American efforts to re-write the Iran deal could endanger efforts to reach an agreement with North Korea.
>> In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated.>> Trump has long criticized the deal reached under Barack Obama, which lifted economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear program. He said he would waive sanctions against Iran for the last time and strengthen the terms of the agreement within 120 days.
Russia is one of the parties to the Iran deal, alongside the United States, China, France, Britain, Germany and the European Union. European powers last week called on Trump to preserve the pact, which they said has succeeded in stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons.