|China calls for commitment to Iran nuclear deal||
TEHRAN – China on Monday urged all parties to be committed to the agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue after the United States blacklisted additional companies and individuals suspected of evading earlier sanctions against Iran, Xinhua reported on Tuesday.
The 5+1 group, which includes the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, struck a deal with Iran in Geneva on November 24, in which Iran agreed to offer some concessions in exchange for limited ease of sanctions.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing on Monday that Iran’s framework agreement with the 5+1 group marked “an important step” for a diplomatic solution on the issue and called for all parties to follow the principles of mutual respect during the implementation of the deal.
“All parties should be committed to a diplomatic solution on the issue and strike while the iron is hot so that we can take the first steps as soon as possible,” Hua said.
China will continue to advocate talks and play a constructive role in achieving a comprehensive and proper solution on the issue, she said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran will continue with negotiations in Geneva with seriousness despite the “inappropriate moves” from the United States.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
However, the International Atomic Energy Agency has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities and has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to weapons production.
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