UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 1 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is warning that dismantling the Iran nuclear accord would threaten global efforts to halt North Korea’s nuclear program. Lavrov and others defended the 2015 Iran deal at a U.N. Security Council meeting Wednesday on non-proliferation that was chaired by U.S. President Donald Trump. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the accord, arguing it wasn’t tough enough on Iran, and has begun imposing new sanctions. Lavrov said dismantling the accord would unleash new tensions in the Middle East and “be counterproductive for the efforts underway now to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. These efforts are something we welcome and support.” He said Russia is working with China and European partners on ways to preserve the Iran deal despite the U.S. pullout. ___ 12:40 p.m. Iran’s foreign minister is calling the reimposition of U.S. sanctions that followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from a multinational nuclear deal with Iran an act of “unprecedented vengence.” Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comments Wednesday at a side meeting on eliminating nuclear weapons at the U.N. General Assembly. Zarif issued a statement calling… Read full this story
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