"Bilateral, regional and worldwide relations between Iran and Russian Federation have been completely significant in recent years and today, there are very close, friendly relations between the two countries", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday after stating that Tehran and Moscow are on the path of strategic relations.
Rouhani made a speech in Tehran on Monday, amid speculation that President Donald Trump will decide to withdraw from the nuclear agreement as early as May.
Mr Rouhani dismissed the threat, saying: "It's been 15 months since this gentleman who came to power in America has been making claims and there have been many ups and downs in his remarks and his behaviour".
Without mentioning the United States, he said other parties to the deal are "instigating Iran" to break its commitment to the agreement.More news: Fire in Trump Tower in NY kills 1
The Republican president said they must agree to "fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal", which was agreed to under his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, or he would refuse to extend US sanctions relief on Iran.
Other partners in the nuclear agreement include Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the EU.
At the same time, Rouhani said his country remains committed to the nuclear deal it signed with world powers, and will not be the first to violate the pact. We are not thinking of threatening anyone.
The Revolutionary Guards, Iran's most powerful military force, have been fighting in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for several years.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that bilateral, regional and worldwide Tehran-Moscow relations are beneficial for the two nations and the world and the Iranian government is determined to develop and establish inclusive relations with Russian Federation and the Islamic Consultative Assembly supports this decision", Mr. Rouhani continued. "Some only look at one side of the coin", he said.