The foreign ministers of Iran and China had two telephone conversations in the past month indicating that China's role in the upcoming Vienna talks will be prominent, Iran's ambassador to China stated on his Twitter.

Iran PressAsia: Mohammad Keshavarzadeh said: "In the two conversations, Afghanistan and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) were the main topics.

Iran's ambassador emphasized that China's role in the upcoming Vienna talks will be prominent.

"China is against the US unilateralism and the policy of coercion in international relations," he added.

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA started talks in April in Vienna to revive the deal from which Donald Trump withdrew and introduced the harshest sanctions in history against Iran in line with his “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic.

The US, under the Joe Biden administration, is also participating in the Vienna talks indirectly.

Six rounds of talks were held until June. However, the talks failed to produce a breakthrough as the United States raised new issues not related to the original JCPOA. For example, the U.S. tried to include Iran’s missile program and its regional policies in a possible revitalization of the multilateral agreement.  Moreover, the Biden administration also tried to extend the limits on Iran’s nuclear program, which will be automatically lifted in the future years.

Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to put limits on its nuclear activities in exchange for the termination of economic and financial sanctions. 219