Sep 15, 2018 14:00 Asia/Tehran

The Head of Iran's Foreign Policy Strategic Council Kamal Kharrazi on Saturday in his meeting with Chinese politician in Shanghai insisted on keeping JCPOA alive.

Iran press/Asia: The Head of Iran's Foreign Policy Strategic Council Kamal Kharrazi, and the Head of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China Song Tao also exchanged views on the ways to develop cooperation in areas of oil sale and preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

They highlighted that keeping the deal alive is necessary and the 4+1 member states should cooperate for this cause.

Referring to the plan to develop Chabahar port in southeastern Iran and its link to Pakistani port of Gwadar and then to the west of Iran, Kharrazi voiced hope that the ground for developing cooperation extend to reconstruction of Iraq and Syria and further to the Mediterranean region.

In the meeting, the two sides discussed the peace pipeline to transfer energy to Iranian eastern neighbors and the transfer of energy to the west of Iran till the Mediterranean region through Iraq and Syria.

The Head of the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China, said that Iran and China can develop cooperation to jointly counter challenges.

Referring to the role of Iran and China in the new age, Tehran and Beijing can counter the existing challenges and risks with bilateral cooperation, said Song Tao.

“The world is experiencing unprecedented changes and Iran and China are both influential players in their own regions. Therefore they have to cooperate for solving their problems,” he made the remarks referring to the commonalities of Iran and China in history and civilization.

“We need to have an Eastern plan in this regard to not let countries with short historic experience impose their political system on others and claim the ruling over the world,” Song Tao asserted.

Despite the warnings from Washington, Beijing said it would maintain normal trade ties with Iran,on the grounds that it opposed unilateral sanctions. Beijing has also rejected US request to cut Iran oil Imports.

China is Iran’s biggest trading partner, with two-way trade rising 19 per cent last year to US$37.2 billion.

This is while,On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 multinational deal under which sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Trump said he would reimpose sanctions – after a 90-day grace period for firms to wind down their activities – that had been lifted when the deal was agreed in 2015.

Washington has since told countries they must stop buying the OPEC producer's oil from November 4 or face financial consequences.

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