China reaffirms opposition to US sanctions on Iran

Wang indicated that China would wholeheartedly support the commencement of nuclear talks

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At a meeting involving Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart, China emphasised its stance on unilateral US sanctions against Iran while also supporting attempts to resurrect the 2015 nuclear agreement between major powers and Iran.

On Saturday, China’s foreign ministry website promulgated a report of Wang’s Friday meeting with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian in Wuxi, Jiangsu province.

During his visit, Amirabdollahian proclaimed the start of a 25-year partnership pact involving the Islamic republic and China, which is controlled by the Communist Party.

Amirabdollahian sent another significant¬†written letter from Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to Iran’s Press TV.

Wang, who is also a state councillor, insisted that the US was to be held accountable for the lingering concerns about Iran because it had unilaterally exited the 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.

Iran will limit enriching uranium operations under the provisions of the deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), making it even more challenging for Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons despite Tehran’s objections. Penalties imposed would be lifted in exchange, allowing Iran to sell its oil on the open market.

Wang indicated that China would wholeheartedly support the commencement of nuclear talks.

However, he underlined that China condemns illegitimate unilateral sanctions against Iran, political exploitation using issues such as human rights, and intervention in Iran’s and other surrounding nations’ internal affairs.

After exiting from the nuclear accord in 2018, then-US President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions that irreparably compromised Iran’s economy, alleging that the terms did not go far enough to curtail Iran’s nuclear programmes, ballistic missile programme, and regional dominance.

A year later, Iran began progressively increasing its enriched uranium stockpiles, enriching them to better fissile purity and adding upgraded centrifuges to boost production.

Iran and the United States are still in talks to see if an agreement can be struck to preserve the deal and alleviate worries of a larger Middle East conflict.

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