China on Friday called on the United States to end its “maximum pressure” on Iran and lift all “illegal sanctions” on the Islamic Republic.
“The US should redress its wrong policy of maximum pressure on Iran, lift all illegal sanctions on Iran and measures of long-arm jurisdiction on third parties,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a news briefing in Beijing.
Zhao said the US is the party that “started the new round of tensions” in the 2105 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, by leaving the multilateral accord three years ago and reinstating and reinforcing sanctions on Iran.
He urged the US to “work to resume negotiations” between Iran and other remaining parties to “achieve outcomes” as soon as possible.
Iran and the P4+1 – France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia – have met several times in Vienna since April to bring back the US in compliance with the deal.
Iran has the Vienna talks will resume in the Austrian capital Vienna in the coming weeks.
“China always believes that resuming full and effective implementation of the JCPOA meets common interests of all parties,” Zhao said.
The spokesman said Beijing will “work with all parties and continue to make relentless efforts to bring the JCPOA back onto the right track”.
He further voiced China’s support for the idea expressed by President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi in his address to the UN General Assembly that "nukes have no place in our defense doctrine".
In an address to the 76th session of the UN General Assembly via video link on Tuesday night, Raeisi called for all JCPOA signatories to stay true to the landmark agreement.
He said Iran has so far been adhering to its nuclear commitments under the deal while the US violated the accord.