China Rejects Pompeo’s Remarks, Says Remains Committed to JCPOA
- September, 21, 2020 - 15:46
- Politics news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun called recent remarks made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo against Iran unilateral, re-emphasizing the fact that the US’s departure from the JCPOA took away all of its rights to benefit from the agreement in any way.
“China is committed to upholding the efficacy of the JCPOA and the authority of the Security Council resolution, and will make relentless efforts toward the political solution of the Iranian nuclear issue,” Jun said in a letter addressed to the UNSC on Monday.
Stressing that the US is no longer a JCPOA participant, he said, “Therefore, it is illegitimate for the United States to demand the Security Council invoke the snapback mechanism”.
Mike Pompeo said Saturday that all UN sanctions against Iran were “back in effect” under the so-called snapback provision in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of UN sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on Oct. 18.
But 13 of the 15 Security Council members say Washington’s move is void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which the United States quit in 2018.
Washington argues it triggered the return of sanctions - known as “snapback” - because a UN resolution that enshrines the pact still names it as a participant. Diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures lifted under the 2015 deal.