'It's All or Nothing,' Iran Says as Russia, China and EU Up Pressure on Trump to Keep Nuclear Deal

Russia, China vow to block U.S. attempt to sabotage Iran deal at UN ■ 'We will obstruct attempts to sabotage these agreements which were enshrined in a UN Security Council resolution,' Russian FM Lavrov said

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens to a question during a press conference after talks with his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic, in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Zarif arrived on a two-day visit to Belgrade. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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The European signatories of Iran's nuclear deal with major powers should convince U.S. President Donald Trump not to exit the accord as there is no "plan B" for the agreement, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Tweeted on Monday.

"It is either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more important to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.

Under Iran's settlement with the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program to satisfy the powers that it could not be used to develop atomic bombs. In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.

Trump has given the European signatories a May 12 deadline to "fix the terrible flaws" of the 2015 nuclear deal, or he will refuse to extend U.S. sanctions relief on Iran.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday he had agreed with his Chinese counterpart that Moscow and Beijing would try to block any U.S. attempt to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal, Russian state news agency TASS reported.

"We are against revising these agreements, we consider it very counter productive to try to reduce to zero years of international work carried out via talks between the six major powers and Iran," TASS quoted Lavrov as saying after talks with Wang Yi, China's top diplomat, in Beijing.

"We will obstruct attempts to sabotage these agreements which were enshrined in a UN Security Council resolution," Lavrov was cited as saying