Iran nuclear deal vi­tal for peace, says Chi­nese leader

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CHI­NESE leader Xi Jin­ping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be “earnestly” im­ple­mented as he met the coun­try’s pres­i­dent fol­low­ing the US with­drawal from the pact, state me­dia said yes­ter­day.

Mr Xi met one-on-one with Ira­nian coun­ter­part Has­san Rouhani fol­low­ing a two-day re­gional se­cu­rity sum­mit in the eastern Chi­nese city of Qingdao that also in­cluded Rus­sia and for­mer Soviet re­publics.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced last month the US was with­draw­ing from the 2015 nuclear deal and reim­pos­ing sanc­tions that would hit in­ter­na­tional busi­nesses work­ing in the Islamic repub­lic.

The other par­ties to the deal – Bri­tain, France, Ger­many, China and Rus­sia – have vowed to stay in the ac­cord but their com­pa­nies risk huge pen- al­ties if they keep do­ing busi­ness in Iran.

In his meet­ing with Mr Rouhani, Mr Xi (pic­tured) de­scribed the deal as “an im­por­tant out­come of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism”.

He said the deal was “con­ducive to safe­guard­ing peace and sta­bil­ity in the Mid­dle East and the in­ter­na­tional non-proliferation regime, and should con­tinue to be im­ple­mented earnestly”.

Mr Rouhani said Iran ex­pected the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity “to play a pos­i­tive role”.

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