Jun 24, 2020 15:13 UTC
  •  Iran’s Zarif, China’s Wang condemn US practice of bullying, unilateralism

Iran and China have voiced their strong opposition to bullying practices of the US and its policy of unilateralism, throwing their outright support behind multilateralism and principles of international law.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, made the remarks in a video-conference on Wednesday, during which they discussed bilateral ties, the latest developments surrounding the 2015 multilateral Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the coronavirus pandemic.

The top Iranian diplomat, for his part, condemned the interference of the United States and some Western countries in China's internal affairs, saying the move would weaken global stability. 

Zarif also praised China's successful performance in the fight against coronavirus, and said that the mutual support of the two nations in this field is a new opportunity to show solidarity, and appreciated the help of the Chinese government to his country in the battle.  

Referring to the comprehensive strategic relations between the two countries, Zarif expressed hope that a comprehensive cooperation document between the two countries would be signed soon.

Emphasizing the importance of developing trade relations, Zarif also suggested that special facilities be provided for the businessmen of the two countries to safely travel under the coronavirus epidemic conditions. 

The Chinese foreign minister, for his turn, thanked Iran for voicing sympathy with his country and rendering assistance to the Chinese people in the fight against the coronavirus.

On the Iran nuclear deal, Wang said, "China opposes any attempt to change the terms of the JCPOA and UN Security Council Resolution 2231” that endorses the accord.  

He also reiterated that the United States “has no right” to resort to the mechanisms enshrined in the JCPOA to achieve certain goals after its withdrawal from the deal.