China urges US to return to JCPOA unconditionaly

TEHRAN, Dec. 21 (MNA) – The Chinese State Councilor and FM Wang Yi on Monday stressed that the US should return to the JCPOA at an early date unconditionally.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday stressed that the US should return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at an early date unconditionally when attending a video conference of foreign ministers on the Iranian nuclear issue, CGTN reported.

The conference was hosted by the European Union and attended by Russia, Iran, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

Stressing that the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA and its extreme pressure on Iran is the root causes of the Iran nuclear issue deviating from the right direction, Wang pointed out that the Iran nuclear situation has come to a critical juncture as President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the accord.

However, the US is intensifying its pressure on Iran at the same time, Wang added.

In this regard, the Chinese foreign minister proposed that the US side should return to the deal unconditionally as soon as possible and lift sanctions against Iran and third-party entities and individuals.

Based on this China proposes that the parties to the JCPOA conduct consultations on this issue as soon as possible so as to start the process of the US returning to the agreement.

Wang pointed out that joint efforts are needed in unswervingly upholding the JCPOA and promoting the situation in the direction expected by the international community.

Disputes related to the fulfilment of the JCPOA should be resolved fairly and objectively, he added, calling for dialogues and cooperation in addressing the issue, such as supporting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in its verification of Iran, properly handling the UN Security Council's issue concerning the Iranian nuclear issue.

JCPOA can not solve all problems, he added, warning that linking regional security issues directly to the accord is setting a self-imposed roadblock in the process of restoring implementation.

China proposes the establishment of a special multilateral dialogue platform in the Persian Gulf region to launch an inclusive dialogue process so as to better address regional security issues, he said.

The parties agreed to safeguard and faithfully implement the JCPOA and the UN Security Council's Resolution 2231 and make joint efforts in pushing the US to return to the JCPOA as soon as possible.

A joint statement was also issued after the meeting.

MNA/PR

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