By Muhammad Asghar
BEIJING – For effective resolution of Iran’s nuclear issue, China has urged effective implementation of the comprehensive agreement in lines with the United Nations Security Council’s resolution
“China regrets that Iran has announced further reductions in its commitment to the full implementation of the Iranian nuclear agreement. Ensuring the complete and effective implementation of comprehensive agreement is not only a requirement of the Security Council’s resolution, but also the only realistic and effective is to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue and ease tensions,” China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said during his routine briefing held here on July 8.
The spokesperson emphasized that the US pressure on Iran to impose extreme pressure was the root cause of the crisis in the Iranian nuclear issue.
Geng Shuang observed that the US not only unilaterally withdrew from the agreement, but also created more and more obstacles for Iran and other parties to implement the agreement through unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction.
“We call on all parties concerned to proceed for the overall situation and the long-term, exercise restraint, support dialogue through the mechanism of the joint commission to resolve relevant issues, and create conditions for the continued maintenance and implementation of comprehensive agreements,” he said
Responding to a question about import of Iranian oil and bilateral trade between China and Iran, he said the normal energy cooperation between the international community including China and Iran in the framework of international law was reasonable and legal, and deserved to be respected and protected.
“We have always opposed unilateral sanctions and the so-called “long arm jurisdiction” and will firmly defend our legitimate rights and interests,” he added.
On seizure of Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar, he opined that China had always advocated that the basic norms of international law and international relations should be observed in the country-state relations.
He hoped that all parties concerned would remain calm and restrained, take practical measures to avoid escalation of the situation, and jointly safeguard peace and stability in the Gulf region.
“This is not only in the interest of the countries in the Gulf region but also in the common interests of the international community,” he added.