China’s foreign policy efforts saved the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after the USA pulled out, the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran Javad Zarif said at a press conference, Reuters reported on August 3.
Javad Zarif stressed that China’s role as a guarantor of the JCPOA deal was “pivotal.” This followed a previously published communication that China was not going to stop oil shipments from Iran.
The Foreign Minister of Iran arrived in Singapore to meet his Russian colleague Sergey Lavrov for a discussion over a wide range of issues, such as bilateral relations, regional and international issues, including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Caspian Sea, and the Syrian events.
Representatives from the USA, Germany, France, the UK, Russia, China, and Iran signed the JCPOA on April 2, 2015 in Lausanne. The purpose of the treaty was to stop the Iranian nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of the sanctions and limitations against Iran. In October 2017, US President Donald Trump said that the USA would not fulfill the provisions of the signed treaty, and that it would pull out from it. The USA completed the pullout procedure in May 2018, and it expressed an intention to continue pressuring the Iranian authorities with economic sanctions.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency