Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi approached the U.S. to assume responsibility for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, as Beijing looks for an extended role in current exchanges. Wang Yi let Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian know that the U.S. ought to expect to be the “main responsibility” and “correct its mistake” of moving in an opposite direction from the nuclear deal straightaway, as per an assertion from the Chinese foreign ministry, emphasizing China’s position that the U.S. should move first to revive the 2015 agreement.
Amirabdollahian thanked China for its “constructive role” in ongoing nuclear negotiations and said Iran is willing to “jointly oppose bullying and unilateral sanctions” and become a “reliable, long-term cooperative partner,” according to the statement.
“China firmly opposes the illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran, opposes using human rights and other issues as an excuse for political manipulation, and opposes gross interference in the internal affairs of Iran and other regional countries,” Wang said during a meeting in China’s Jiangsu province on Friday.
China is seeking to raise its profile in the oil-rich region, with Wang Yi hosting a number of foreign ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council in the past week. China and Iran officially launched the implementation phase of a 25-year bilateral agreement designed to enable billions of dollars of investment in the Persian Gulf country on Friday.
Amirabdollahian said that developing relations with China is Iran’s “highest policy decision” and that Iran looks forward to learning from China’s development experience and advanced technology, according to the Chinese statement. He added the Iranian side will attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in February.
The two sides also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan, according to the statement. China proposed setting up a dialogue platform in the Gulf to discuss regional security concerns.
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