CHINA Iran didn’t abandon non-proliferation promises: Chinese FM spokesperson

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Iran didn’t abandon non-proliferation promises: Chinese FM spokesperson

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18:39, January 06, 2020

China on Monday said Iran didn’t breach its nuclear non-proliferation obligations even though Tehran announced to further drop commitments to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

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A picture taken on November 10, 2019, shows an Iranian flag in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, during an official ceremony to kick-start works on a second reactor at the facility. 

Chinese foreign minister spokesperson Geng Shuang said China has noticed Iran’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal agreed with five major countries, a move that Geng said was taken under “external pressure.”

Iran’s official news agency IRNA on Sunday reported that Iran will no longer set restrictions on the number of centrifuges.

“Iran explicitly showed its political will to fulfill its nuclear commitments. Therefore, we believe Iran didn’t fail its duties stipulated in the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” said Geng.

The source of current tensions around Iran’s nuclear program came from Washington’s unilateral exit from the 2015 deal and its “maximum pressure” policies later on, Geng said.

China urged all parties involved in the deal to stay reasonable and restrained and move along the path of political negotiations, Geng said.

(Compiled by Chen Lidan)

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