Bei­jing urges US to up­hold and im­ple­ment Iran nu­clear deal

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By WANG QINGYUN wangqingyun@ chi­

State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi talked with US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son on Thurs­day over the phone about the Iran nu­clear is­sue ahead of an an­nounce­ment that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is ex­pected to make about a 2015 nu­clear deal.

Ac­cord­ing to US State De­part­ment spokes­woman Heather Nauert, Tiller­son also spoke to French and Rus­sian for­eign min­is­ters on the same day and to Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son “in re­cent days”.

For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing on Fri­day re­it­er­ated China’s po­si­tion on the is­sue, call­ing all the par­ties to con­tinue up­hold­ing and im­ple­ment­ing the deal.

“We be­lieve the deal has played an im­por­tant role in en­sur­ing the in­ter­na­tional non­pro­lif­er­a­tion regime and main­tain­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the Mid­dle East,” Hua told a news con­fer­ence.

Dur­ing a White House speech set for early Satur­day morn­ing Bei­jing time, Trump is ex­pected to de­clare that the 2015 deal is no longer in the US na­tional in­ter­est.

Of­fi­cials say he will not kill the in­ter­na­tional ac­cord out­right, in­stead “de­cer­ti­fy­ing” the agree­ment and leav­ing US law­mak­ers to de­cide its fate.

Un­der the deal, sanc­tions on Iran would be lifted in ex­change for Iran lim­it­ing its nu­clear pro­grams.

The likely move has drawn con­cerns from other sig­na­to­ries of the deal: Bri­tain, France, Rus­sia, China and Ger­many all voiced sup­port for main­tain­ing the deal.

In the con­ver­sa­tion with Tiller­son on Thurs­day, Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergey Lavrov said that Te­heran is abid­ing by its com­mit­ments and em­pha­sized the need for other co-au­thors to ad­here to the plan, ac­cord­ing to the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry.

Wu Sike, China’s for­mer spe­cial en­voy to the Mid­dle East, said the hard-won deal is an im­por­tant out­come that has gained ac­knowl­edg­ment from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and it is “un­rea­son­able” for the US to quit, since it will lead to in­creased ten­sions in the Mid­dle East and “likely trig­ger new com­pe­ti­tion in the re­gion”.

Agen­cies and Zhou Jin con­trib­uted to this story.

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