China reaffirms commitment to JCPOA
China reaffirmed that Beijing would continue its cooperation and relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Iran Press/Iran: During a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, ,China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the JCPOA is in line with the international community’s “common interest.”
“We have openly indicated that we oppose the wrong practices of unilateral sanctions and 'long-arm jurisdiction' in international relations,” the Chinese FM was quoted as saying by state news agency Xinhua.
He also said,Beijing’s ties with Tehran were "open, transparent and lawful."
Recently,Iran’s Zarif met with Chinese FM in Singapore. He has said,China was “pivotal” to salvaging Iran nuclear agreement following US decision to pull out of the deal.
“The role of China in the implementation of JCPOA, in achieving JCPOA, and now in sustaining JCPOA, will be pivotal,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Singapore.
China is among the five remaining signatory countries to the nuclear deal who are against Washington’s unilateral action and trying to save the agreement.
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.