[Global Times-Global News reporter Lee Sikon] On the night of January 5, the Iranian government said in a statement that in the fifth phase, Iran had lifted all restrictions imposed on Iran's nuclear deal, according to Iran's Fars news agency. Iran took the fifth and final step.
At a regular meeting of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the afternoon of the 6th, a foreign media reporter asked questions about the matter. Who should be responsible for this?
In response, spokesman Geng Shuang said China had taken note of the announcement by the Iranian side of the fifth phase of the measures to reduce performance, and also noted that the Iranian side said it was the last time the performance was reduced. The Iranian side will continue to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and resume its performance under certain conditions.
We believe that while the Iranian side has been forced to reduce its performance due to external factors, it has also demonstrated restraint and clearly expressed its political will to implement the comprehensive agreement fully and effectively, without violating its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
Mr. Geng said the current situation in the Middle East is becoming more complex and the comprehensive agreement is facing serious challenges.
Geng Shuang called on all parties involved in the comprehensive agreement to remain calm and rational, adhere to the correct direction of political and diplomatic settlement, adhere to the framework of the Joint Committee on a Comprehensive Agreement to resolve differences through consultation, eliminate interference, avoid any measures that may further complicate the situation, and make every effort to maintain the comprehensive agreement.
Finally, I would like to stress that the hard-won comprehensive agreement is an important achievement of multilateral diplomacy approved by Security Council resolutions, an important support for the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East, and an important part of the international order based on international law, Geng Shuang said. The international community should proceed from the long-term and overall situation, firmly uphold the comprehensive agreement, and push the Iranian nuclear and Middle East situation toward relaxation. China will continue to maintain close communication and coordination with the parties concerned and make unremitting efforts to this end.