IRNA – The Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office in Vienna Shi Zhongjun reiterated his country’s full support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying that US exit from the JCPOA would not send good signal to the international community.
The JCPOA stands for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the agreement reached between Iran and six world major powers in 2015 to give Tehran sanctions relief in return for scaling back its nuclear program.
Talking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday, he added that China will do its best to keep the deal alive.
“We do not know at present what will become of the JCPOA but we hope that we will be able to keep the deal,” he said.
The agreement is a good example of successful efforts of the international community to resolve global problems and a good example of settlement of issues pertaining to nuclear non-proliferation, he said.
On the sidelines of a ceremony marking Day of Chinese Language in the UN Office, he added that China encourages all sides to adhere to the agreement and fulfill it in good faith.
The Chinese UN envoy stressed that if the deal is destroyed, it will adversely affect the nuclear non-proliferation.
Shi warned about consequences of US exit from the JCPOA, saying that US walking away from the deal would not send good signals to the international community.
Recalling China-Russia joint statement released on Saturday in support of the deal during NPT Conference in Geneva, he hoped that good cooperation with Iran will continue.
Russia and China in a joint statement on Saturday reiterated support for JCPOA.
The statement was released in support of the deal during the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee of 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons which is underway in Geneva.
Russia and China accept the reality that sustaining and regular implementation of the JCPOA plays a crucial role in consolidating global structure of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and international security, the statement said.
Iran has rejected US demands to change its 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers as unacceptable, as a deadline set by US President Donald Trump for Europeans to ‘fix’ the deal looms.