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Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 17:38
China to back all efforts to safeguard Iran deal
By ​Xinhua
Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 17:38 By ​Xinhua

In this file photograph dated May 13, 2018, Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) greets Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing on May 13, 2018. (THOMAS PETER / POOL / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS - Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Monday that China supports all endeavors which are conducive to safeguarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal or Iran deal. 

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks after meeting counterparts from Russia, France, Britain, Germany, the European Union (EU) and Iran on the nuclear deal

Wang made the remarks after meeting with counterparts from Russia, France, Britain, Germany, the European Union (EU) and Iran on JCPOA. 

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"The positions of all parties are highly consistent, and new consensus has been formed," Wang said, noting that all parties have reaffirmed to continue to safeguard and implement the Iran deal.
All parties have deeply regretted the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, while recognizing that Iran has fulfilled its nuclear commitments under the deal, said Wang.
All parties are committed to properly address the difficulties in maintaining normal economic and trade cooperation with Iran, Wang added. 

Wang and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed bilateral commitment to the international deal during their meeting here on Monday.
Wang extended condolences to the victims of the latest terrorist attack in Iran, and strongly condemned it.
On the Iran nuclear issue, Wang said that China supports Iran to defend its own legitimate rights, opposes unilateralism and hegemonic moves, and calls for upholding the comprehensive deal on Iran's nuke issue.
He said that China encourages all the parties concerned to take a right stand on this issue, and appreciates the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s recognition that Iran has fulfilled its obligation under the deal.
Wang added that it is in the interests of Iran to continue implementing the deal.
Zarif spoke highly of China's important role in upholding the international nuclear deal on Iran's nuclear issue, also known as JCPOA, noting that Iran believes most members of the international community would continue to support the deal.

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Iran is willing to maintain communication with China and other nations on the preservation and implementation of this deal, so as to properly handle the current situation, he said.
He also said that Iran values its ties with China and appreciates China's efforts to promote bilateral economic and trade cooperation. 
The Iran deal is an agreement on the nuclear program of Iran reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States - plus Germany).
On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the agreement. Following the US withdrawal, the EU enacted an updated blocking statute on Aug 7, 2018 to nullify U.S. sanctions on countries trading with Iran.     

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