Jul 16, 2021 16:00 UTC
  • US needs to take concrete actions, lift unilateral Iran sanctions if it seeks JCPOA return: China

China says the United States is required to take “concrete actions” and completely lift its illegal and unilateral sanctions against Iran in order to return to the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian made the remarks during his regular press conference on Thursday in response to a question about Beijing’s view on the prospect of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on the sixth anniversary of its conclusion and amid negotiations in Vienna to revive the agreement, which was abandoned by the US in 2018.

“China welcomes the fact that the US seeks to return to the JCPOA. In the meantime, the US side needs to show sincerity by taking concrete actions to regain the trust of the international community.”

He added that the Vienna talks have entered the final stage with all parties showing their “political will to reach an agreement” but the remaining differences should be bridged.

“The US should make an early decision to comprehensively and completely lift its illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran and third parties, while Iran should fully resume its compliance on this basis,” the Chinese diplomat pointed out.

Elsewhere in his presser, Zhao described the JCPOA as an important outcome of multilateral diplomacy which was achieved after 13 years of painstaking negotiations and endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231

He said the nuclear deal is a “classic example of resolving disputes through dialogue and consultation, and a key pillar for upholding the international non-proliferation regime and promoting peace and stability in West Asia.”

He stressed the importance of making joint efforts to safeguard and implement the JCPOA as a means to serve the common interests of the international community.

He emphasized that the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA is the “only effective way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.”

The Chinese spokesperson said his country, as an important party to the JCPOA, is firmly committed to upholding the authority and effectiveness of the deal and the Security Council Resolution 2231, and playing a constructive role in the Vienna negotiations.

He added that Beijing would make efforts to work on all parties to build consensus, resolve differences and bring the JCPOA back on the right track at an early date.

“No matter how the situation may change, China will always stand on the right side of history, uphold justice, advance the political settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means, and safeguard the international non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in West Asia,” Zhao said.

He, however, emphasized that China would firmly safeguard its legitimate rights and interests.