Chinese and Iranian foreign ministers met on Friday to announce the 25-year-old agreement between the two countries, while China also took the opportunity to criticize US sanctions against Iran, Reuters. reports.
The agreement, which was signed last March, creates alliances between the two countries in areas such as health care, infrastructure, cyber security and agriculture, the article said.
China’s multi-billion dollar business Belt and Road now involves Iran, and cooperation is also needed to promote cooperation with other countries. But the US and other countries have expressed concern over the deal, Reuters said.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expressed support for the resumption of talks on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, however, and criticized the US for imposing sanctions on Iran. The US has imposed sanctions on China and will continue to be neglected in the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
In 2018, President Trump then withdrew the US from the 2015 treaty, which called for Iran to ban uranium enrichment in exchange for sanctions against the country. One year later, Iran began violating the treaty and international negotiations have been strained.
China’s foreign minister said his country was refusing to engage in Iranian trade, US sanctions against the Middle East and the use of human rights and other issues, such as political interference, Reuters reported.
The international community has held several talks to resume negotiations for the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, without any direct involvement with the US because the country is not a legitimate party.
Earlier this week, more than 100 House Republicans wrote a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken to stop the ongoing talks, noting that “recent statements by senior officials at the Vienna talks show that there is no better way to move forward at the moment.”