News ID: 273460
Published: 0520 GMT August 28, 2020

China welcomes Iran-IAEA agreement praising ‘equal-footed dialogue’

China welcomes Iran-IAEA agreement praising ‘equal-footed dialogue’

China hailed the recent agreement made between Iran and the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog on the resolution of the safeguards implementation issues after friendly consultations.

 “We hope the two sides will continue working toward the same direction and faithfully implement this agreement,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Thursday, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.

Calling on both sides to “make constructive efforts” to fulfil the agreement, Zhao added, “Facts have shown time and again that unilateral bullying only exacerbates confrontation, while differences can only be narrowed through equal-footed dialogue.”

He urged “all pertinent countries” to “keep to the right direction, staunchly uphold the authority and efficacy of the JCPOA and the UNSCR 2231, and work for the political and diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.”

On August 25, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced in a joint statement that the two sides agreed to further reinforce their nuclear cooperation.

The six-point joint statement was released at the end of the two-day visit to Tehran by IAEA’s chief Rafael Mariano Grossi.

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, IAEA Chief Rafael Grossi, and the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi announced, "After intensive bilateral consultations, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement on the resolution of the safeguards implementation issues specified by the IAEA, in good faith.”

“In this regard, Iran is voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve these issues," the statement added.

The statement noted that "based on analysis of available information," the IAEA does not have any other outstanding questions vis-a-vis Iran or any of its other nuclear facilities.

It added that "both sides recognize" that "the independence, impartiality and professionalism of the IAEA continue to be essential in the fulfillment of its verification activities."

The Chinese spokesman urged JCPOA parties to move in the right direction given the present circumstances.

"In the current situation, countries involved in nuclear talks must adhere to the right path and strongly protect the authority and effectiveness of JCPOA and UN Security Council Resolution 2231, and actively work to advance the process of political settlement and diplomacy on the Iranian nuclear issue."

Iran-IAEA agreement was also welcomed by other countries and international bodies.

Russian representative to the Vienna-based international organizations said the agreement has indicated that dialogue is more productive than pressure.

"Real breakthrough! The visit of #IAEA Director General R. Grossi to #Iran resulted in very important agreements, incl. regarding access to 2 sites specified by the IAEA," Mikhail Ulyanov wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid reacted to Iran-IAEA joint statement by saying that EU will continue its work to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal.

“Good news from Tehran on cooperation between #Iran and @iaeaorg. The EU trusts the impartial and independent role of the agency. In the meantime we continue our work to preserve #JCPOA with Joint Commission next week; I will chair on behalf of High Representative @JosepBorrellF,” Schmid wrote in a message on her Twitter account on Wednesday.

Resource: MNA
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