China Urges Continuation of JCPOA Implementation

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying expressed the hope that the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers can continue to be “earnestly implemented”.

China Urges Continuation of JCPOA Implementation

"We hope that the comprehensive Iran nuclear agreement can continue to be earnestly implemented," Hua told a daily news briefing on Monday, according to Reuters.

She added that the Iran nuclear deal was a good example of how to solve something peacefully through talks.

Hua further said that the agreement had played a positive and important role in ensuring nuclear non-proliferation and protecting peace and stability in the Middle East.

The remarks came after a senior US official said President Donald Trump is expected to decertify the agreement.

The official, speaking last week on condition of anonymity, said Trump was also expected to roll out a broader US strategy on Iran that would be more confrontational. 

Trump's team now faces an Oct. 15 deadline to tell Congress whether it will continue to certify that Iran is compliance with the deal. If Trump refuses to certify, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose US sanctions on Iran.

Last month, Trump, during an address before the United Nations General Assembly, said, "The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into frankly that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don't think you've heard the last of it”.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) reached the 159-page nuclear agreement in July 2015 and implemented it in January 2016.

Since the historic deal was signed in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly confirmed the Islamic Republic’s compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, but some other parties, especially the US, have failed to live up to their undertakings.

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