Feb 24, 2021 15:03 UTC
  • China calls on the US to lift Iran’s sanctions to break deadlock

Amid the United States' refusal to abolish Trump-era sanctions policy, China calls on the new administration in Washington to lift bans on Tehran to break the "deadlock" over the nuclear issue.

According to Press TV, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters at a daily briefing on Wednesday that the current situation on the 2015 Iranian nuclear issue is at “a critical point,” saying the possible US return to compliance with the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), would be the key to “breaking the deadlock.”

“We have always believed that the return of the US to the comprehensive agreement and the lifting of sanctions against Iran are the keys to breaking the deadlock in the Iranian nuclear issue,” he said. 

Separately on Wednesday, Russia also called on the administration of US President Joe Biden to step up efforts on the nuclear issue. 

Speaking at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva via video conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for a “constructive approach” to the JCPOA ahead of the 2021 Review Conference of the Parties to the NPT in August.  

“In the context of the NPT review, the issues of creating a zone free of nuclear and other types of weapons of mass destruction ... in West Asia, as well as the situation around the Iranian nuclear program require a constructive approach. We call on everyone, first of all, the new US administration, to intensify efforts in these areas important for the world community,” Russia’s Ria Novosti news agency quoted the top Russian diplomat as saying.