Monday, 20 August, 2018

Iran's Rouhani criticises USA 'unilateralism' over nuclear deal

President Donald Trump arrives to participate in the G7 Summit welcome ceremony Friday President Donald Trump arrives to participate in the G7 Summit welcome ceremony Friday
Faye Gross | 11 June, 2018, 15:09

U.S. President Donald Trump had one ally in all of Europe: France and its fast-learning leader Emmanuel Macron.

Putin meanwhile said Russian Federation would work with China on the North Korean nuclear issue, ahead of the highly anticipated meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

President Mamnoon Hussain and his Iran counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed to bolster economic ties between the countries in a meeting held on Saturday in Qingdao, China.

'As soon as the United States side is ready, the meeting will take place, depending, of course, on my working schedule'.

"The U.S. efforts to impose its policies on others are expanding as a threat to all", Rouhani told the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security grouping led by China and Russian Federation where Iran has observer status.

"The situation in Afghanistan requires special attention, I agree with colleagues who have already talked about this, it is important to jointly fight the terrorist threat coming from the territory of this country, to stop the production and transit of drugs, to assist Afghanistan in national reconciliation, economic revival and stabilization", Putin emphasized.

China and Russian Federation already enjoy a relatively extensive economic dialogue, which has warmed in several areas since the crisis in Ukraine that contributed to Moscow's suspension from the G8.

'Excitement in the air' ahead of Kim meeting
Kim, in his first public comments since arriving, said Singapore's role would be recorded in history if the summit was a success. Kim held a meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ahead of the planned summit.


In April, the White House confirmed that Trump and Putin discussed the possibility of meeting at the White House "in the "not-too-distant-future" during a phone call the previous month. I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7.

Xi said he will work along with Putin to usher in even brighter future to the relations between the two countries.

China and Russian Federation have been moving closer amid heightened tensions between Beijing and Washington on economic and military fronts, and as Moscow struggles with US-led sanctions. We do know, however, that Trump sees no value in having a group of allies get together to discuss the challenges they face in the world today.

During an interview on CBS News' "Face The Nation", Rice was asked to comment on Trump's call for Russian Federation to be invited back into the group of major industrialized nations after it was booted in the wake of its aggression.

Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is another bone of contention.

Xi and Putin also vowed to make "all possible efforts" to preserve the 2015 global accord on Iran's nuclear programme that Trump abandoned last month. However, no specific agreement had been reached about holding a summit between Trump and Putin.

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