Dialogue and confidence vital to prevent, resolve conflicts, says United Nations chief

A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Thursday aimed at tightening the terms of the Iran nuclear deal, despite Tehran's rejection of changes to the accord.

Iran has been desperate to renew its aging fleet of planes, but has faced financing difficulties as well as the uncertainty over sanctions.

Lavrov was speaking on January 18 to a council meeting on confidence-building measures to tackle the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In a veiled message to the Trump administration, the Russian minister added, "We can not for the benefit of political agendas of certain countries abandon a genuine achievement of global diplomacy".

A deal with Iran would need to "at a minimum, authorize anywhere, anytime inspections including inspections of military facilities; disclosure of all past and present, military and civilian nuclear activity; a ban on weapons-grade enrichment; and a restriction on ballistic missile development", said Cheney.

Calling it "a last chance", Trump said the USA "will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal".

Speaking on behalf of the United Nations chief, Dujarric added that issues related to the JCPOA must be "addressed through the mechanisms established by the agreement".

Haley described Iran as "the leading cause of instability in an unstable part of the world", saying it supports "terrorists, proxy militants, and murderers like [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad".

The statement was made in wake of the recent Huffington Post report, citing the unclassified part of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), that claims that Russian Federation has advantages in the production of nuclear weapons over the United States and its allies. Kazakhstan, which voluntarily renounced the world's fourth-largest nuclear arsenal that it inherited from the former USSR, has made nuclear disarmament the main priority for the month it occupies the Council's rotating presidency.

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