Iran foreign minister Zarif urges Russia, China for ‘concrete actions’ to save INF Treaty

Beijing, May 18: Iranian foreign minister has on Friday urged Russia and China to take some “concrete actions” to protect the landmark 2015 international nuclear pact as the minister warned of a “dangerous” condition amid heightened tensions with the United States.

According to Dawn news reports, foreign minister Jazad Zarif was quoted during a meeting with Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, on Friday evening as saying, “Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order.”

Tensions between Washington and Tehran has been raised in recent days, with America deploying a plane carries group, also B-53 bombers to the Gulf region last week over threats from Iran.

Zarif has also called on the international community to protect the International Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, known as the JCPOA – Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran had inked the nuclear deal with the US, France, Russia, China, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The nuclear program was to curb Iranian nuclear capacity in turn of ease of sanctions.

But however, President Donald Trump last year pulled US out of the INF pact, since then, he imposed US sanction over Tehran.

“So far the international community has mostly relea­sed statements rather than taking action,” Zarif said.

“If the international community and other JCPOA member countries and our friends in the JCPOA like China and Russia want to keep this achievement, it is required that they make sure the Iranian people enjoy the benefits of the JCPOA with concrete actions,” he added.

Zarif’s China trip comes after visits to Turkmenistan, India, and Japan in the past week.

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