Beijing: US making excuse to push for extension of Iran arms embargo
China and Russia joined Iran to express opposition to the “US unilateralism” in international affairs.
In a phone conversation on Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov voiced support for strengthening bilateral cooperation in the face of US pressure, Xinhua reported.
Wang said the US is practicing its so-called policy of "America First" and pursuing its egoism, unilateralism, and bullying policy to the extreme, Press TV wrote.
Washington has revived its “outdated Cold War mentality” in its policy toward Beijing, deliberately provoking ideological confrontation and violating international law and basic norms governing international relations, he added.
“China and Russia should not only push their bilateral relations to a higher level, but also stand by all countries with an objective and fair stance to reject any actions destructive to international order and against the historical trend, jointly safeguard world peace and stability, maintain the international justice and preserve global development."
Lavrov said Russia and China should further strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs and safeguard international law and common interests of the two countries.
The Russian foreign minister said the United States is governed based on the ideology of American exceptionalism and egotism, adding that Moscow opposes Washington’s unilateralism in international affairs.
The remarks come as tensions between the United States and China have increased over China’s imposition of a new national security law in Hong Kong, an ongoing trade war between the world’s two largest economies and their handling of the coronavirus outbreak, among other diplomatic rifts.
In a phone conversation on Thursday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that measures must be taken to oppose US unilateralism, while emphasizing the necessity for preserving the 2015 nucleardeal with world powers.
Rouhani stressed the need to ensure the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as an international commitment by all signatories to the nuclear deal.
He also warned against the United States’ push to extend an arms embargo on Iran, which will be lifted this October as per the JCPOA.
The nuclear agreement was reached between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group – the US, Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany – in 2015 in Vienna.
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the deal and later reimposed the sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran. The US intransigence flew in the face of the fact that the accord has been ratified by the United Nations Security Council in the form of Resolution 2231.
Although it is no longer a party to the deal, Washington has recently launched a campaign to renew the embargo that concerns the sale of conventional weapons to the Islamic Republic.
Putin reiterated Russia’s position on the JCPOA, saying, “As has been the case during the past five years, we continue to support this international agreement, and insist on its implementation and preservation.”
Russia has already warned the US that – along with Beijing – it would veto the US-drafted resolution that aims to extend the anti-Iran embargo.
China’s Foreign Ministry condemned recent remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Beijing’s plan to sell arms to Tehran after a UN arms embargo on Iran expires on October 18.
“Pompeo's remarks are totally unreasonable and apparently an excuse to push the UN Security Council to extend arms embargo against Iran. This is another proof of the untrustworthy and unreliable US turning away from its commitments, after defying UNSCR2231 and international consensus and unilaterally withdrawing from the JCPOA,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday, Tasnim wrote.
“We hope the US will return to the right track of upholding the sanctity of the Security Council resolution and complying with the Iranian nuclear deal, instead of going further down the wrong path,” she added.