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China Pledges Continued Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. | Photo: Reuters Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. | Photo: Reuters
Following a senior U.S. official’s statement that President Donald Trump planned to scrap the Iran nuclear deal, despite no evidence that Iran has violated the deal, China has said it hopes the deal will remain intact.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said from Beijing that the Iran nuclear deal is a positive example of diplomacy and that it was a promising step forward for nuclear non-proliferation in the Middle East.

In 2015, China served as a major player in the Iran nuclear deal because they have close ties with Iran both economically and diplomatically.

An official, interviewed by Reuters on the condition of anonymity, accused the U.S. of attempting to implement a plan in the Middle East that would put increasingly more pressure on Iran. This statement comes in the wake of Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah’s recent speech in which he claimed the U.S. was planning, alongside Saudi Arabia, to increase pressure on Iran.

During the 2016 presidential election, Trump criticized the Iran nuclear deal constantly on the campaign trail calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated,” and an “embarrassment." The Trump administration faces an Oct. 15 deadline to certify whether Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement which they have already reluctantly acknowledged it is in past statements, despite President Trump’s criticisms.

Should Trump decide to decertify the agreement, the United States Congress will have 60 days to decide whether or not to impose further sanctions on Tehran. Leaders in the Republican-controlled congress have decried the deal since it was first signed and have indicated support for further pressure against Tehran.

European nations that signed the pact are hoping congress will save the nuclear deal should Trump decertify Iran’s compliance. European officials have argued that Iran is in full compliance with the terms of the agreement. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly tried to persuade his European counterparts to further sanction the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, a move that would maneuver around the nuclear deal, in a September meeting of the United Nations.

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