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Beijing lauds Iran’s efforts to preserve JCPOA

Begin g (Web Desk) Chinese foreign ministry has praised Iran’s efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a recent report by IAEA reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s adherence to its commitments under the pact.

Addressing reporters on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying appreciated Tehran’s efforts to keep its commitments to JCPOA and called for other countries to preserve the internationally-recognized treaty.

According to her, “China has noted the latest report submitted by the Director General of the IAEA. This is for the 13th time in a row that the IAEA Director General has confirmed Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related obligations under the JCPOA since it took effect in 2016.”

“The report mentioned that the IAEA has been supervising and verifying Iran’s nuclear program in accordance with its mandate in an objective and unbiased way,” she added.

She concluded that “as has been stressed many times by the Chinese side, under the current circumstances, we hope that all relevant parties could bear in mind the whole and long-term picture, fulfill respective duties and obligations, and continue to uphold and implement the JCPOA, since this serves the common interests of the international community.”

Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA has been confirmed in all 13 reports by the IAEA. This comes as the US as one of the signatories to the deal, withdrew from the agreement on May 8 and re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran which had been lifted under the JCPOA. Iran has stressed that it would continue to abide by the JCPOA as long as other parties and the EU could guarantee the country’s economic interests. For this purpose, the EU has been working on a financial mechanism, the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle, to facilitate trade transaction with Iran in the face of US sanctions.

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