UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday at a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing that renunciation of international law was on the rise.
“The renunciation of international law, not only disrespect for international law but in fact contempt for international law, is on the rise and we need to work together,” Zarif Luang told reporters.
He said he was in Beijing to brief Chinese officials on his recent meetings in France on the nuclear deal, but did not elaborate.
Zarif arrived in China after a visit to the Group of Seven summit for talks with host France. The visit came as Paris stepped up efforts to ease tensions between Tehran and Washington, in a dramatic diplomatic move that the White House said surprised him.
Since the United States last year pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, President Donald Trump has pursued a policy of maximum pressure in an effort to force Iran into new negotiations, including its ballistic missile program and activities in the region.
China has close diplomatic and energy ties with Iran, a signatory to the nuclear deal it says must be preserved.
“We have a comprehensive strategic partnership … This indicates the excellent level of our relations and close strategic cooperation,” Wang said.
Zarif said he was enthusiastic about the Belt and Road initiative, which aims to revive the ancient Silk Road with massive spending on infrastructure linking China to the rest of Asia and beyond.
He added that Iran considers the initiative “the future of our region and our global interaction”.
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