Iran FM warns against derailing Geneva nuclear deal

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif calls the nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and six major world powers in Geneva a “very important step,” warning against bids to derail implementation of the deal.

“In Geneva, a very important step was taken but now a more important step [is being taken]…which is the implementation of the Geneva agreement and a test of the commitment of all sides to the contents of the deal,” Zarif said in a meeting with visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Sunday.

“Now all sides must be cautious that extremist groups in certain countries do not derail the implementation of the deal and do not weaken the commitments of [involved] parties,” the Iranian minister added.

On November 24, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the US, Russia, France, China, and Britain- plus Germany sealed an agreement to lay the groundwork for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over its nuclear energy program.

In exchange for Tehran’s confidence-building measure to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Sextet agreed to lift some of the existing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has always reaffirmed Iran’s right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and stressed that negotiations and dialog are the right approach to address the dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

Zarif further stressed Iran’s readiness to improve mutual relations in all political, economic and cultural fields.

“The policy of expanding relations with the East is among the most strategic principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the minister added.

The Chinese official, for his part, described Beijing’s ties with Tehran as strategic and sustainable and called for further expansion of all-out relations.

Referring to Iran-Sextet deal, Yang said thanks to Iran’s powerful presence in the Geneva talks, a very important deal has been reached which was a turning point in nuclear negotiations.

He emphasized that China has always opposed unilateral sanctions against countries and would never implement them.

By Press TV


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