May 17, 2019 09:47 Asia/Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Beijing on Friday to continue the diplomatic talks with Asian partners.

Iran Press/Asia:The China trip comes after Zarif visited Turkmenistan, India and Japan in the past week.

Zarif is slated to meet senior Chinese officials on Friday within the framework of 'bilateral consultations' to expand the scale of mutual cooperation, Iran Press reported.

He will also discuss regional and international issues, including the nuclear deal, during his visit to Beijing.

Zarif's Asian visit came amid soaring tensions between Washington and China is one of the five remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal, from which the United States unilaterally withdrew a year ago.

The US has been deploying a policy of “maximum pressure” against Iran under President Donald Trump.

Talking to the Japanese media on Thursday during a visit to the country, Iranian Foreign Minister ruled out any prospect of negotiation with the United States, calling the Washington regime a “bully” trying to force all others into acting illegally.

"This is the first time in history that a bully is telling everybody else, important countries, that 'I'm going to punish you if you observe something that I do not like," he stated. 101

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