China vows to continue efforts to safeguard the achievements of a 2015 nuclear agreement Iran signed with the P5+1 group of countries after the United States’ withdrawal from the historic deal, saying it has put forward a five-point proposal in this regard.
According to Press TV, speaking at a press briefing in Beijing on Monday, a spokeswoman for Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, made the comments in response to a question about a meeting of the foreign ministers of the remaining signatories to the nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital Vienna on Friday.
The top diplomats from France, Germany, Britain, Russia, China and Iran met for the first time since US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out from the deal in May.
“Facing the complicated and stern situation at present, China clearly put up a five-point proposal emphasizing in particular that international rules should be observed, major countries should show their due integrity and sense of responsibility, unilateral sanctions can only run counter to one’s desire and should be abandoned, and dialogs and consultations should adhered to a constructive approach in discussions about issues of common concerns,” Hua said.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that all the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear agreement have political will to stand up to the United States’ move to withdraw from the deal.
However, he warned that if the European sides failed to properly fulfill their commitments, Iran would take its own measures to counter the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.
The Chinese spokesperson further pointed to the current “critical conjuncture” of the JCPOA and said, “The convening of this foreign ministers’ meeting in itself embodies all parties’ support for the deal.”
She added that the foreign ministers issued a joint statement which “sent out a positive political signal” and noted that the JCPOA parties “demonstrated their clear-cut will to safeguard the deal.”
Hua also noted that participants at the Vienna meeting confirmed that Britain together with China would take over the work to modernize Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor after the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.
“All parties spoke highly of China for its responsible and constructive attitude, including the stable progress of the renovation of the Arak heavy water reactor led by China,” she said.