On December 31, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Beijing.
Wang Yi said, today is the last day of 2019. I welcome you to visit China for the fourth time this year. I am willing to review China-Iran relations with you, implement the consensus of the heads of state of the two countries, consolidate political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation, promote China-Iran Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for greater development, and enter the new year full of expectations together.
Wang Yi said, important changes are taking place on the Iranian nuclear issue, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is facing serious challenges. The fact that the United States unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA, abandoned its international obligations, and put extreme pressure on Iran is the root cause of the tense situation on Iranian nuclear issue at present.
Wang Yi stressed that the JCPOA was endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, and was an important outcome of multilateral diplomacy. To safeguard the authority and effectiveness of the JCPOA is to safeguard multilateralism and international law, and to safeguard the basic norms of international relations. China supports all constructive efforts that help ease the tension and safeguard the JCPOA. It is hoped that the JCPOA participants should adhere to the right direction, resist external pressure, manage existing differences through negotiation and dialogue, and continue to maintain and implement the JCPOA. China will firmly defend international fairness and justice, and oppose any unilateralism and bullying. We will strive to promote a political and diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.
Zarif spoke positively and thanked China for its important efforts to safeguard the JCPOA. Zarif gave a briefing on Iran's consultations with Russia and Europe on the Iranian nuclear issue. Zarif said that Iran is willing to maintain close communications with China, adhere to multilateralism, oppose unilateralism, earnestly safeguard the JCPOA, as well as defend Iran's legitimate rights and interests. Iran attaches great importance to its relations with China. Iran is committed to deepening cooperation with China and promoting Iran-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to a new level.