EghtesadOnline: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on all concerned parties to enhance their sense of urgency and make all-out efforts to push for a political and diplomatic settlements of the Iranian nuclear issue.
Wang made the statement after meeting foreign affairs officials from the European Union, Iran, Russia, France, Germany and Britain on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level week.
He said the United States’ extreme pressure on Iran has led to Iran’s nuclear crisis, adding that leaving the situation unchecked will trigger a bigger crisis, Xinhua reported.
In order to properly solve the crisis, Wang said related parties should uphold the fundamental principles of multilateralism, Financial Tribune reported.
“Iran’s nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, endorsed by the UN Security Council, is an important outcome of multilateral diplomacy,” he said.
Wang stressed that safeguarding the nuclear accord is essential to upholding multilateralism, the authority of UN Security Council and the global order based on international law.
“All parties should never waver in their determination in the face of challenges and difficulties,” he said.
Wang said all parties should continue to honor the JCPOA commitments.
“Iran should resume implementing the deal, while other parties should make every effort to safeguard Iran's legitimate economic benefits.”
China’s foreign minister said his country will continue its legitimate economic, trade and energy cooperation with Iran, push ahead with the Arak heavy water reactor renovation project and support EU-initiated payment system to facilitate trade with Iran.
Wang called on the concerned parties to stick to the right approach of resolving differences through consultation.
“China stands for a solution based on the principle of gradual progress, equality and mutual benefit,” he said.
“Problems related to the implementation of the deal should be solved via the mechanism of JCPOA Joint Commission,” Wang added, stressing that China firmly opposes unilateral sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran.