Iranian Foreign Minister Visits China To Discuss Nuclear Deal
May 14 2018
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has begun a diplomatic tour to seek assurances that signatories to a landmark nuclear deal will back it despite its abandonment by the US.
"Now we want to make sure that the Iranian nation can reap the benefits of the deal if it decides to remain in the accord as recommended by the remaining sides of the JCPOA", he said.
"China and Iran have comprehensive strategic partnership and are trade partners and these relations still continue", he noted.
"We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement", Zarif said, speaking alongside his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.
Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said he feared that European Union negotiations with Mr Zarif and later with...
He then called the JCPOA an worldwide agreement which must be observed by all parties.
"We will discuss the decision to be taken by Iran... China calls for multilateralism in the worldwide relations and the JCPOA is one of the fruits of such approach", he noted.
"We think that the fight against nuclear non-proliferation is important and this agreement means that nuclear non-proliferation is possible because Iran will not go all the way to [build] nuclear weapons", he added.
An Iranian spokesman said Zarif will also visit Moscow and Brussels to hold meetings during the current trip.
During the talks, the two foreign ministers also exchanged views on a wide range of issues from bilateral to regional and global issues including the JCPOA.
Russian Federation also criticised Trump's decision, with Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov alleging the move was "protectionism in disguise", in comments made on Thursday to state news agency TASS.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week he is highly doubtful that Europe will provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.
However, President Trump has explicitly noted that U.S. hopes to reach a "fair" deal with Iran through new rounds of talks.
It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees it could maintain trade ties despite renewed USA sanctions.
Add that trump intends to immediately impose sanctions against any foreign companies that will do business with Iran.