China says N-deal not de­railed, vows con­struc­tive role

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

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.

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