EYEAFRICA TV: Beijing, China: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu on Sunday held consultations with his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araghchi on the Iranian nuclear issue in Beijing.
The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on the current situation surrounding the Iranian nuclear issue and the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and reached broad consensus.
Ma said that China and Iran are comprehensive strategic partners. China always views and develops bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective. The two sides will continue to act in accordance with the consensus reached by the two heads of state, enhance political mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation in all respects, and enrich the content of China-Iran comprehensive strategic partnership for the benefit of the two countries and their peoples.
The Iranian nuclear issue is an important area of the strategic cooperation between China and Iran. The two sides agreed to further enhance communication and coordination to safeguard the common interests of the two countries and the broader international community, Ma said.
“The U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA and its maximum pressure policy on Iran are the root causes of the current Iran nuclear crisis. The JCPOA is an important outcome of multilateral diplomacy endorsed by UN Security Council resolutions, and an important component of the international order based on the international law. It should be effectively maintained and protected. The Iranian side stressed that all measures taken to reduce compliance are reversible and will continue to be subject to the supervision and inspection of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). China hopes that all participating parties of the JCPOA will exercise restraint and adhere to resolving differences within the framework of the JCPOA joint committee,” said Ma.
Ma stressed that China supports the IAEA in carrying out its supervision and inspection duties in an objective and impartial manner in the implementation of the JCPOA so as to fully and effectively implement the deal. All parties should safeguard Iran’s legitimate economic interests as a participant in the JCPOA.
“We look forward to the early implementation of the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), and hope that the good offices initiated by France will yield results. At the same time, the United States should lift sanctions against Iran and return to the right track of the implementation of the JCPOA,” said Ma.
The JCPOA was inked in 2015 between Iran and the United States, France, Russia, Britain, Germany, and China. Washington unilaterally withdrew from the landmark deal last year and resurrected sanctions on Teheran.