Nov 13, 2019 06:34 UTC
  • US ‘wrong behavior’ root cause of crisis over Iran nuclear deal: China

China has denounced the US withdrawal from Iran’s nuclear deal and its maximum pressure policy against Tehran as a “wrong behavior” that constitutes the root cause of tensions with the country.

According to Press TV, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remark in a press conference in the capital, Beijing, on Tuesday.

“It is China’s consistent belief that the US unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA and maximum pressure campaign against Iran is the root cause of the current crisis. The US should quit such wrong behavior to make room for diplomatic efforts and create conditions for de-escalation,” Geng said, referring to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was signed between Iran and six world states — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China.

The administration in Washington unilaterally walked out of the JCPOA in May last year and reinstated all the anti-Iran sanctions that it had lifted as part of the landmark accord.

“In the meantime, parties including the European side and Iran should exercise restraint, remain committed to full and effective implementation of the agreement, and resolve differences within the JCPOA,” Geng added.

Pointing to a recent report by the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Chinese official said his country “supports the IAEA in fulfilling its duty in an objective and impartial manner and will continue to work with other parties for the political and diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.”

Iran is gradually removing limits on its uranium enrichment activities in response to the US abrogation of the nuclear agreement and re-imposition of "toughest" sanctions on Iran.

The IAEA confirmed in its report on Monday that Iran has begun enriching uranium at Fordow nuclear site, and that its enriched uranium stockpile has continued to grow.