China says N-deal not derailed, vows constructive role
SHANGHAI: China on Saturday pledged to continue playing a constructive role in maintaining and implementing the Iran nuclear deal, after US President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix “disastrous laws” in a deal.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by phone that implementation of the deal had not been “derailed” but would face “some new complicating factors”, the state news agency Xinhua reported.
Continuing to implement the nuclear deal was the responsibility of all parties concerned and the common wish of the international community, Wang was quoted as saying during the call, which took place on a visit to Rwanda.
The deal would help uphold the international non-proliferation regime, maintain regional peace and stability and solve “other hot issues” around the world, he said.
He urged Iran to remain calm and continue to fulill its obligations under the deal.
Trump said US law must tie longrange missile and nuclear weapons programmes together, making any missile testing by Iran subject to “severe sanctions.”
The president wants US Congress to modify a law that reviews US participation in the nuclear deal to include “trigger points” that, if violated, would lead to the United States reimposing its sanctions, the oficial said.
This would not entail negotiations with Iran but would be the result of talks with European allies, the oficial said.