China urges all parties to preserve Iran nuclear deal
Moscow ‘fully committed’ to accord: Russian FM
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.