Beijing says to continue economic cooperation with Tehran

June 9, 2018 - 21:49

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has announced that Beijing will continue economic cooperation with Iran.

“China opposes any bans and pressure on Iran and has always been against unilateral sanctions on other countries,” Hua Chunying told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in an interview published on Saturday.

“China and Iran have always preserved their trade exchanges and the two countries will continue cooperation according to the international protocols,” Chunying said when asked about possible exit of Western companies from Iran now that Donald Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Chunying said China has over and over declared its stance on the nuclear agreement transparently. 

According to a report released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a joint press conference held on June first in Brussels with the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said, “... China believes that no agreement can be perfect and that only one agreement cannot solve all problems. The correct choice is that all sides discuss new changes in the development of the situation and new issues of common concern through equal consultation ….”

Chunying told IRNA that China believes that adherence to international agreements form the cornerstone international law.

She added that big powers should be the epitome [not violator] of faithfulness to international agreements.

On May 8 Trump announced Trump unilaterally pulled out the U.S. from the international nuclear agreement. Many world powers, including Russia, China, and the European Union (EU) are against Trump's decision.

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