Wang: Par­ties to nu­clear deal must keep prom­ises

For­eign min­is­ters of China and Iran agree on ways to boost co­op­er­a­tion China greatly val­ues its co­op­er­a­tion with Iran, an im­por­tant coun­try along Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive routes.

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

It’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all par­ties to the Iran nu­clear deal to fully im­ple­ment the agree­ment, and its im­ple­men­ta­tion should not be af­fected by changes in the par­ties’ do­mes­tic sit­u­a­tions, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said on Monday.

Wang spoke dur­ing a news con­fer­ence with his Ira­nian coun­ter­part Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif in Beijing. Wang said all par­ties should keep prom­ises they made as part of the deal, which was reached af­ter “a decade of ar­du­ous ne­go­ti­a­tion”.

The meet­ing be­tween Wang and Zarif is the first of the an­nual meet­ings of their for­eign min­is­ters agreed upon by the coun­tries’ lead­ers.

In July 2015, six coun­tries in­clud­ing China reached the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion with Iran, which agreed to curb its nu­clear pro­grams in re­turn for the lift­ing of sanc­tions. The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil later en­dorsed the deal.

Zarif, in China for a two-day visit that started Monday, said China played a “very im­por­tant role” in reach­ing the deal.

He also said all the par­tic­i­pants have a duty to im­ple­ment the deal and that Iran would not al­low any uni­lat­eral mea­sures that vi­o­late it.

The visit came af­ter both chambers of the United States Congress voted to re­new the Iran Sanc­tions Act, which is set to ex­pire on Dec 31. The pas­sage is only ef­fec­tive if signed by the pres­i­dent. US pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, how­ever, had lashed out against the deal dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign. He takes of­fice on Jan 20.

On Monday, Wang said he hopes the lead­ers of China and Iran con­tinue their close com­mu­ni­ca­tion, adding that China greatly val­ues its co­op­er­a­tion with Iran, an im­por­tant coun­try along Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive routes.

China hopes to co­op­er­ate more with Iran in fields in­clud­ing trade, en­ergy and in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion, and hopes that the two coun­tries will im­ple­ment key pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity co­op­er­a­tion projects as soon as pos­si­ble, Wang said.

Zarif said on Monday that his coun­try and China are “highly com­ple­men­tary part­ners” in im­ple­ment­ing the ini­tia­tive.

Zarif said that in his meet­ing with Wang, they held dis­cus­sions on strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion in such fields as en­ergy, trans­porta­tion, se­cu­rity and coun­tert­er­ror­ism.

Niu Xinchun, an ex­pert in Mid­dle East stud­ies at the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said nor­mal busi­ness ties be­tween China and Iran will con­tinue to de­velop de­spite US moves on sanc­tions.

Niu said Iran is a “sig­nif­i­cant” player in the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

Also, China and Iran have a lot in com­mon in their na­tional strate­gies, as Iran has been pro­mot­ing do­mes­tic plans con­cern­ing fields such as en­ergy de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion, Niu added.

Chu Yi con­trib­uted to this story.

WANG ZHUANGFEI / CHINA DAILY

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi shakes hands with his Ira­nian coun­ter­part Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif af­ter a joint news con­fer­ence in Beijing on Monday.

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