Foreign Minister Wang Yi tells his Iranian counterpart at a meeting in Jiangsu that the US is primarily responsible for the ongoing diplomatic standoff.
China reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral United States sanctions against Iran during a meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart, while supporting efforts to renew a 2015 nuclear deal between the major powers and Iran. to breathe life into.
The website of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a summary of the meeting between Wang and on Saturday 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-ruled China.
Iran’s 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 councilor of state, said the US bears primary responsibility for the ongoing problems with Iran because it unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between the major powers and Iran.
Under the terms of that deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would restrict Iran’s uranium enrichment activity, making it more difficult to develop nuclear weapons – although Tehran denies having plans for nuclear weapons. In return, international sanctions would be lifted, allowing Iran to sell its oil on the international market.
Wang said China would strongly support a resumption of nuclear pact negotiations.
But he said China firmly opposes illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran, political manipulation through issues such as human rights, and meddling in the internal affairs of Iran and other regional countries.
In 2018, US President Donald Trump re-imposed sanctions that severely damaged Iran’s economy after he withdrew from the nuclear pact, saying the terms did not do enough to protect Iran’s nuclear activities, ballistic missile program and regional influence. to curb.
A year later, Iran gradually began to rebuild stockpiles of enriched uranium, refining to higher fuel purity and installing advanced centrifuges to accelerate output.
Iran and the US remain in talks over whether a compromise can be found to renew the deal and allay fears of a wider war in the Middle East.
A source close to negotiations told Reuters on Friday that many issues remain unresolved.
Wang, who earlier in the week met with several counterparts from the Arab Gulf States concerned about the potential threat from Iran, also said China hopes to establish a dialogue mechanism with Gulf states to discuss regional security issues.