Iran foreign minister to visit Beijing, Moscow for talks on nuclear deal

Saul Bowman
May 14, 2018

"We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement", Zarif said, speaking alongside his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

The Iranian nuclear deal is a result of multilateral efforts contributing to the protection of the worldwide non-proliferation regime, and supporting peace and stability in the Middle East, Wang added.

He will visit Beijing followed by Moscow and Brussels, a spokesman said, holding meetings with all of the remaining parties to the 2015 agreement. "This agreement remains important for our shared security", a joint statement signed by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.

Iran says it is ready to restart its nuclear program on an "industrial scale" in the wake of the decision by US President Donald Trump to abandon the deal that curbs the country's nuclear ambitions.

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of President Trump for abandoning "an accord recognized as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community".

Tehran's chief diplomat embarked on the tour as regional tensions spiked just days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies.


"We are waiting now for how the decision-makers in the European Union will react".

Political observers point to the timing of the Israeli attack which came right after Trump's withdrawal from the JCPOA, saying it was aimed at complicating the diplomatic push to keep the nuclear deal in one piece.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran's nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six worldwide mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.

"China and Iran have comprehensive strategic partnership and are trade partners and these relations still continue", he noted.

France and other western allies have been critical of Washington's plan to reimpose sanctions on any companies doing business with Iran.

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