China urges all par­ties to pre­serve Iran nu­clear deal

Moscow ‘fully com­mit­ted’ to ac­cord: Rus­sian FM

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China hopes all rel­e­vant par­ties will main­tain their com­mit­ment to the Ira­nian nu­clear deal, China’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs said Fri­day.

“We be­lieve this deal is im­por­tant to en­sur­ing the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear non­pro­lif­er­a­tion regime and re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity.

“We hope all par­ties can con­tinue to pre­serve and im­ple­ment this deal,” min­istry spokesper­son Hua Chun­y­ing said at a reg­u­lar press brief­ing.

China’s top diplo­mat, Yang Jiechi, dis­cussed the Ira­nian nu­clear is­sue with US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son in a phone call on Thurs­day to pre­pare for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Novem­ber visit to Bei­jing, Hua said.

The Ira­nian nu­clear agree­ment was signed be­tween Iran and six world pow­ers – Bri­tain, China, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia and the US – at talks co­or­di­nated by the EU.

While the deal stalled Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram and thawed re­la­tions be­tween Tehran and its “Great Satan”, op­po­nents say it also pre­vented ef­forts to chal­lenge Ira­nian in­flu­ence in the Mid­dle East.

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

UN nu­clear in­spec­tors have said that Iran is meet­ing the tech­ni­cal re­quire­ments of its side of the bar­gain, dra­mat­i­cally cur­tail­ing its nu­clear pro­gram in ex­change for sanc­tions re­lief.

Iran Pres­i­dent Hassan Rouhani lashed out at his US coun­ter­part say­ing he was op­pos­ing “the whole world” by try­ing to aban­don the agree­ment.

Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov on Fri­day told his Ira­nian coun­ter­part Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif that Rus­sia re­mains fully com­mit­ted to the deal, Rus­sia’s for­eign min­istry said in a state­ment.

Lavrov told Zarif in a tele­phone con­ver­sa­tion that Moscow was firmly de­ter­mined to im­ple­ment the deal in the form in which it was ap­proved by the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, the min­istry said.

If the US leaves the Iran nu­clear deal, this will be the end of this in­ter­na­tional agree­ment, the TASS news agency cited Ira­nian par­lia­ment speaker Ali Lar­i­jani as say­ing.

Lar­i­jani, in Rus­sia’s sec­ond largest city of St Peters­burg for an in­ter­na­tional par­lia­men­tary fo­rum, also said that Wash­ing­ton’s with­drawal from the nu­clear deal could lead to global chaos, TASS re­ported.

Iran hopes that Rus­sia will play a role in re­solv­ing the sit­u­a­tion around the nu­clear deal, Lar­i­jani said meet­ing Vy­ach­eslav Volodin, the speaker of the Duma lower house of Rus­sia’s par­lia­ment, the In­ter­fax news agency re­ported.

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