Iran's Foreign Minister in China to rescue nuclear deal

Frederick Owens
May 14, 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who arrived in Chinese capital city of Beijing early on Sunday left China for Russian capital city of Moscow after holding a meeting with his city counterpart on the JCPOA.

The Iranian nuclear deal is a result of multilateral efforts contributing to the protection of the worldwide non-proliferation regime, and supporting peace and stability in the Middle East, Wang added.

However, President Trump has explicitly noted that USA hopes to reach a "fair" deal with Iran through new rounds of talks.

Iran's foreign minister is visiting China for talks following President Donald Trump's decision to scrap USA participation in the agreement over Iran's nuclear program.

"Considering the fact that the European Union member states have made the most requests that after America's withdrawal it wants to stay in the JCPOA, we should see how these countries ensure that the interests of Iran will be guaranteed despite America's pullout", he stated.

Speaking on Sunday in Beijing, Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined Tehran's readiness "for all options" but expressed optimism that this round of negotiations could save the 2015 deal.

China's foreign minister also said his country is Iran's main trade partner and the two sides should defend their legitimate interests against others.

"We will discuss the decision to be taken by Iran..."

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Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognized as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community".

"Iran's interests in important areas and issues relevant to the JCPOA, like oil, gas, and petrochemicals sales, as well as banking relations should be clearly and explicitly defined and guaranteed", Rouhani said.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week he is highly doubtful that Europe will provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.

Trump hit back on Saturday evening, tweeted that the accord had failed to contain Iran's militarism. "They will never abandon the U.S. for us", said housewife Poormoslem at a protest rally against Trump on Friday.

Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal?

France and other western allies have been critical of Washington's plan to reimpose sanctions on any companies doing business with Iran.

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