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Wednesday, May 09, 2018, 22:58
China says it regrets US decision to pull out of Iran nuke deal
By Xinhua
Wednesday, May 09, 2018, 22:58 By Xinhua

BEIJING/RIYADH – China regrets the decision by the United States to pull out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, the Chinese foreign ministry said Wednesday.

The multilateral deal – Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – was struck in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany and the EU, and was adopted by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2,231. 

China will take an objective, fair and responsible attitude, maintain dialogues and consultations with all parties, and continue to work to maintain and implement the comprehensive agreement. 

Geng Shuang, Spokesperson, Foreign Ministry, China

All parties should seriously implement it and maintain the integrity and seriousness of the deal, said Geng Shuang, spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry. 

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Implementing the deal was conducive to maintaining the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, promoting peace and stability in the Middle East and demonstrating the significance of solving hot issues through political means. 

Geng said that under the current situation, China urged all parties to proceed "in the long-term and overall situation in a responsible manner, persist in solving and managing differences through political and diplomatic means, and return as soon as possible to the correct track of continuing to implement the comprehensive agreement." 

"China will take an objective, fair and responsible attitude, maintain dialogues and consultations with all parties, and continue to work to maintain and implement the comprehensive agreement," he said. 

US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday his country's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.  

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Earlier on Sunday, Chinese Special Envoy for the Middle East Issue, Gong Xiaosheng, expressed deep concerns over the situation in the Middle East, saying China is willing to promote negotiation and peace in the region. 

The visiting envoy made the remarks while meeting with Jamal Aqeel, Saudi Arabia's Deputy Undersecretary of Foreign Ministry for Political and Economic Affairs.

The latest situation has severely threatened the region's peace and stability including Syrian civil war, conflict between Palestine and Israel, wars in Yemen, and Iranian nuclear deal, Gong said during his meeting with Jamal Aqeel.

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