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China Supports the Continuous, Full and Effective Implementation of the JCPOA

2017/07/24

On July 21, 2017 local time, the six countries on the Iranian nuclear issue (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) and Iran held the 8th Joint Committee meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian Nuclear Issue in Vienna, Austria. Secretary-General for the European External Action Service Helga Schmid chaired the meeting. Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon of the US, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi of Iran and counterpart officials of Russia, the UK, France and Germany attended the meeting. Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wang Qun led a delegation for the meeting.

Wang Qun said that this meeting is an important meeting convened under the backdrop of the second anniversary of the JCPOA. China will continue to firmly support and safeguard the JCPOA. Wang Qun emphasized the significance of the JCPOA, and expressed that under current situation, all parties should firm up political will, faithfully fulfill obligations, and properly handle differences, so as to ensure the continuous, full and effective implementation of the JCPOA, which is of great significance to consolidate the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, promote peace and stability in the Middle East and maintain multilateralism. Wang Qun also briefed on the progress of the renovation of the Arak heavy-water reactor, and stressed that China will continue to, in line with the comprehensive agreement and the consensus reached by various parties, push the renovation project for greater progress.

The US expressed that the country will continue to fulfill its commitments under the JCPOA, and briefed on the latest situation of deliberation on interior policy towards Iran. Other parties all reiterated their supports to the JCPOA. All parties also exchanged candid and in-depth views on such issues as the implementation of sanction relieving and nuclear field measures in the JCPOA, and unanimously appraised China’s efforts in advancing the renovation of the Arak heavy-water reactor.

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