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China expresses its opposition to US sanctions on Iran

China expresses its opposition to US sanctions on Iran

China reaffirmed its opposition to unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran at a meeting between Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Iranian counterpart, touting its support for a 2015 nuclear deal.

On Sunday, a summary of Wang's Friday meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was posted on China's foreign ministry website.

Amirabdollahian will announce the launch of a 25-year cooperation agreement between the Islamic Republic and Communist-ruled China.

Wang, who is a State Councillor, said the US is a central concern for the ongoing difficulties with Iran, rescheduled unilaterally from a 2015 nuclear agreement between the major powers and Iran.

Iran would not enrich uranium or nuclear weapons under the terms of the agreement in exchange for international sanctions, but it would not allow the development of nuclear weapons, according to Tehran.

Wang said China would support resumption of nuclear pact negotiations.

China opposes state-sponsored sanctions against Iran, political manipulation, and internal affairs of Iran and other countries, according to the analyst.

After withdrawing from the nuclear agreement in 2018, the United States reinstated sanctions that ruined Iran's economy.

Iran began to gradually breach the agreement, rebuilding uranium stocks, refining them to higher fissile purity, and installing advanced centrifuges to speed up output.

Iran and the United States remain in negotiations on whether there will be a compromise to restore the deal and dispel fears of a wider Middle East war.

Wang, who began earlier in the week meeting with various Gulf Arab counterparts concerned about Iran's potential threat, said China intends to establish a dialogue mechanism with Gulf countries in order to discuss regional security issues.

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