Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's at a Press Conference (Excerpts)

May 9, 2018

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Q: On the early morning of May 9, Beijing time, US President Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but Iran says it will remain in the JCPOA as long as other parties do the same. What is China's position on this?

A: China regrets the decision made by the US side. The JCPOA is a multilateral agreement reached by the P5+1, the European Union and Iran through negotiations and endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231. All relevant parties should implement the JCPOA in good faith and ensure its integrity and sanctity. This will contribute to upholding the international non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East and will play an exemplary role for the political settlement of hot-spot issues.

Under the current circumstances, China calls on all relevant parties to assume a responsible attitude, bear in mind the long-term and overall picture, stay committed to the political and diplomatic solution, properly handle differences and come back as soon as possible to the right track of continuing with the implementation of the JCPOA. China will maintain dialogue and consultation with all relevant parties and stay committed to upholding and implementing the JCPOA in an objective, unbiased and responsible attitude.

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Q: US President Trump has announced the US withdrawal from the JCPOA. Is China still open to buying more oil and other goods from Iran?

A: China and Iran maintain normal economic ties and trade. We will continue with our normal and transparent practical cooperation with Iran on the basis of not violating our international obligations.

Q: In order to avoid being targeted by potential US sanctions, will China call upon its companies to withdraw from Iran?

A: As I said just now, China and Iran maintain normal economic ties and trade. We will continue with our normal and transparent practical cooperation with Iran on the basis of not violating our international obligations.

Meanwhile, I want to stress that the Chinese government is opposed to the imposition of unilateral sanctions and the so-called long-arm jurisdiction by any country in accordance with its domestic laws. This position is consistent and clear-cut.

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Q: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran will talk with all other parties that signed the JCPOA, namely Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the EU and China. Do you welcome these talks with Iran? What message will China deliver to Iran?

A: We have taken note of the relevant positive remarks made by Iran, the European side and Russia. China will maintain dialogue and consultation with all relevant parties and stay committed to upholding and implementing the JCPOA in an objective, unbiased and responsible attitude.