China regrets US decision to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal – Foreign ministry

Sputnik – On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump announced the United States would no longer remain part of the JCPOA, a deal Iran signed with the P5+1 and EU in 2015 which requires Tehran to maintain a peaceful nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

China regrets the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and will advocate full compliance with the agreement, Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

China will continue trade, economic cooperation with Iran without violating its international commitments, according to the ministry.

Beijing calls on all relevant parties to assume a responsible attitude, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang stated.

In response to the US move, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Tehran was not going to withdraw from the JCPOA, and that the agreement remained between Iran and the five remaining participants of the deal.

The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the US decision sharply violated international law.

Earlier, The foreign ministers of Germany, the United Kingdom and France have issued a joint statement saying their countries will stay in the JCPOA even if the United States pulls out of it.

The JCPOA was signed by Iran with the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom and France — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — plus Germany and the European Union in Vienna on July 14, 2015.