China wants no new demand at Iran’s nuclear talks

China urges P5+ 1 group not to demand more from Iran ahead of deadline for nuclear talks on June 30

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Chinese Foreign Ministry late on Thursday urged all parties involved in Iran’s long-disputed nuclear talks about not to ask for new demands from Tehran ahead of the approaching deadline.

During a state visit to Russia, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned the parties to respect on the soul of nuclear talks and said the situation has become complicated on the sidelines of a comprehensive final deal which the West and Iran desire to seal on June 30.

"[We] must push forward the next stage of talks on the basis of the Lausanne framework... and all parties should not raise any new demands to prevent complicating the talks process," the Chinese Foreign Ministry quoted Wang as he was telling his Russian and Iranian counterparts.

"All sides' legitimate concerns ought to be paid attention to and rationally resolved; all sides should meet each other halfway and not drift further apart," Wang added.

After a decade of deadlock, Iran and the group of six world powers, dubbed P5+ 1, consisting of the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany, had reached a preliminary tentative framework nuclear agreement in Switzerland on April 2.

On behalf of Wang the Chinese foreign minister stated that a swift deal is benefited by all parties which insist upon a non-proliferated world system of collective security as well as regional peace and stability for that Beijing would maintain its constructive attitudes.

China has long been backing Iran’s official rhetoric on its disputed nuclear programme since both countries enjoy a robust commercial partnership in Asia.

Beijing became the most important commercial partner and the largest buyer of Tehran’s oil trade as the energy exportation jumped 30 percent as of the end of the last year since 2011, at a time when China boosted shipments after an interim deal eased sanctions on Tehran.

Transaction costs of the bilateral foreign trade reached almost 45 billion dollars between China and Iran despite the West has long been implementing isolationist policies over Tehran due to the nuclear programme.

As the international pressure increased in the past several years, China came to fore as a leverage together with Russia to encounter the Western demands on Tehran and used its veto power that inherited from its permanent membership status in favour of Tehran in the UN Security Council meetings on the nuclear issue.

The West still seems suspicious about Iran’s intentions regarding the nuclear programme and claims that Tehran has long been striving for having nuclear weapons.

The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported last week that it had made some progress, but there was no breakthrough in allegations whether Iran attempted to gain nuclear bombs remained essentially stalled ahead of the deadline.

The IAEA said Iran’s unwillingness to cooperate with the international investigators would cause the transparency problem, without that the watchdog said it cannot "conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities."

The preliminary deal reached in Switzerland between the parties specifies that Iran will decrease two thirds of its uranium enrichment centrifuges and limits the level of enrichment to 3.67 percent, which would prevent Iran from making a nuclear bomb. Many of the restrictions will expire in 15 years.

The deal also decreases Iranian uranium stockpiles from 10,000 kilograms to 300 which will be enriched only by Arak Nuclear Reactor under the inspection  of the IAEA.  

In return, the 10-year-deal promises Iran that all UN sanctions on Tehran will end with Iran’s fulfilment of the criteria within a planned calendar, after a July 1 final deadline was agreed between Iran and the West.  

But the West insists upon that a complete removal of sanctions would depend on the IAEA’s full-fledged access into Iran’s nuclear facilities and freely delivering a comprehensive report on its findings which will confirm or deny the allegations and accusations attributed to Tehran.

Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei last month rejected Western demands as being “arrogant demands” of the Western countries for access to all Iranian nuclear facilities.


TRTWorld and agencies