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Foreign Minister regrets US decision to withdraw from nuclear deal

'President Trump's announcement this evening that the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose US nuclear sanctions is regrettable,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide.

'We are concerned that this decision could increase instability in what is already a volatile region. We are also concerned about how this decision will affect the future of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the international community's ability to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

'Our position on the nuclear agreement with Iran is clear: The Iran Nuclear Deal has helped to promote regional stability and has contributed to our own security. It has been effective in achieving its objective – to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. We have full confidence in the International Atomic Energy Agency's verification and monitoring work and their assessment that Iran is fulfilling its obligations. Mr Trump's decision does not mean that the deal cannot be salvaged. We urge Iran in the strongest terms to keep the deal alive, and we welcome the signals that Iran is willing to do so. We support the EU's unambiguous statements indicating its commitment to ensuring continued implementation of the Iran nuclear deal,' said Ms Eriksen Søreide.

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