China, Russia voice support for Iran's nuclear deal amid US threats

China, Russia voice support for Iran's nuclear deal amid US threats
Thu Feb 8, 2018 13:18:43

China and Russia have reaffirmed their support for Iran’s nuclear deal with six world powers, including Beijing and Moscow, amid US President Donald Trump’s threats against the multinational accord.

At a Tuesday meeting with Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stressed that Iran and China are committed to the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), IRNA reported.

Tehran and Beijing, he said, will work to protect the agreement.

The two sides also discussed bilateral ties, counter-terrorism issues and the situation in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

Also on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed Moscow's commitment to the JCPOA.

“We will insist that all the parties remain committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear program,” TASS state news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

“Its failure is fraught with very negative and hard-to-predict consequences for the entire non-proliferation system and the entire world order,” he added.

On January 12, Trump extended waivers of economic sanctions on Iran for another 120 days but said he was doing so “for the last time.”

Although the US president declined to withdraw from the Iran deal — which he has long railed against and formerly promised to “rip up” — he gave a four-month deadline to the US Congress and America’s main European allies to address what he called the “disastrous flaws” of the deal.

The agreement, reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries -- the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany -- puts limitations on parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for removing all nuclear-related sanctions.

A decision to re-impose sanctions would have effectively ended the Iran nuclear agreement.

The European parties to the deal, China and Russia have made it clear that they will not reopen negotiations on the deal, which they say is working as it is; and Trump’s demands could thus only be addressed by domestic US law, with no jurisdiction over Iran or the International Atomic Energy Agency, and with no direct effect on the JCPOA.

Iran says the country would commit to no obligation beyond those it has already agreed to under the JCPOA and that it would not renegotiate the deal.

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