0722 GMT January 29, 2022
Iran and China, as reliable partners, adopt a similar stance toward the illegality of US unilateral sanctions and the importance of the rule of law in international relations.
The remarks were made by Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Baqeri-Kani in a Monday tweet following a phone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Ma Zhaoxu.
Baqeri-Kani described the conversation as friendly and fruitful, praising China’s positive stances toward and constructive interactions with Iran.
His tweet read: “In a friendly & fruitful phone call with VFM Ma Zhaoxu, I appreciated positive positions & constructive engagement of China. As a reliable partners, Iran & China share the position on the illegality of the US unilateral sanctions & importance of the rule of law in int’l relations.”
In another tweet on the same issue, he wrote the two sides stressed the removal of sanctions against Iranian individuals and organizations as well as third parties and the need for a guarantee for refrainment from reimplementing such unilateral punitive measures.
The Iranian deputy minister gave the assurance that consultations between Tehran and Beijing about a spectrum of issues, particularly those in the international arena, will continue in the future.
“Removal of the sanctions against Iranian ppl and entities and third party persons AWA assurances on non-repetition were emphasized. Consultations would be continued between parties on a range of the issues particularly in int’l arena in future.”
In May 2018, former president Donald Trump pulled the US out of the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – signed between Tehran and the P5+1 in 2015, and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Iran in a bid to cripple the country’s economy and bring the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table to hammer out a new nuclear deal, a plot which was foiled thanks to the Iranians’ resistance.
China has always condemned US sanctions on Iran, urging Washington to honor its JCPOA commitments and return to the deal.