China reaffirms its opposition to US sanctions against Iran | Political news

Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Iranian counterpart at a meeting in Jiangsu that the United States bears primary responsibility for the continuing diplomatic stalemate.

China reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral US sanctions against Iran during a meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart, while backing efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between the two sides. great powers and Iran.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry website on Saturday published a summary of Wang’s meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Friday in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province.

During his visit, Amirabdollahian announced the launch of a 25-year cooperation agreement between the Islamic Republic and communist China.

Iranian Press TV reported that Amirabdollahian also delivered an “important” written message from Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Wang, who is also a state councilor, said the United States was primarily responsible for the ongoing difficulties with Iran, having unilaterally withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran.

Under the terms of this agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran would limit uranium enrichment activity, making it more difficult to develop nuclear weapons – although Tehran denies having nuclear weapons projects. In exchange, international sanctions would be lifted, allowing Iran to sell its oil on the international market.

Wang said China would strongly support a resumption of negotiations on a nuclear pact.

But he said China firmly opposes illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran, political manipulation on issues such as human rights and interference in the internal affairs of Iran and other countries. other countries in the region.

In 2018, then-US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions that severely hurt Iran’s economy after it withdrew from the nuclear pact, saying the conditions were not doing enough to curb nuclear activities, Iran’s ballistic missile program and regional influence.

A year later, Iran began to gradually replenish stocks of enriched uranium, refining it to higher fissile purity and installing advanced centrifuges to speed up production.

Iran and the United States remain locked in talks on the possibility of finding a compromise to renew the agreement and allay fears of a wider war in the Middle East.

A source familiar with the negotiations told Reuters on Friday that many issues remained unresolved.

Wang, who earlier in the week met with several counterparts from Gulf Arab countries concerned about the potential threat from Iran, also said China hopes to set up a dialogue mechanism with Gulf countries to discuss issues. regional security.

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