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Wang Yi: It Is Completely Unreasonable as the United States Fails to Abide by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and Imposes Unilateral Sanctions on Other Countries Abiding by the JCPOA
2020-08-21

On August 21, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi jointly met the press after holding the second Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue in Baoting, Hainan Province. A journalist asked that the Secretary of State of the United States said that the US side had requested the United Nations Security Council to launch the snapback mechanism to restore sanctions against Iran, and the US will impose unilateral sanctions on those who are against it. Since the US has withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the US side eligible to do so?

Wang Yi said, such demand of the US side is completely unreasonable.

The US government officially signed the JCPOA on behalf of the US years ago, which meant that the US shoulders the international responsibility of compliance with the JCPOA. It is the common sense of international law that the US should bear the responsibility of the JCPOA regardless of government transition. If the US side flip-flops on the agreement it has signed, who dares to sign an agreement with the US? The US side's unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA has been widely opposed by the international community.

Wang Yi said, the United States, who has already withdrawn from the JCPOA, wants to exercise the rights of signatories to the JCPOA. It demands for a snapback mechanism of sanctions and will impose unilateral sanctions on those who are against it, which makes it even more unreasonable. May we ask where the justice of the world is, where the authority of international law is, and where the US's own credit is! The US side only considers its own interests. It applies international law if the law is in conformity with its needs and discards the law if it does not. It not only fails to abide by the agreement, but also requires others to do the same. Moreover, it even threatens to impose sanctions on those abiding by the agreement. This is absurd and ridiculous.

Wang Yi noted, any international agreement is the outcome of negotiation and mutual compromise of various parties. The Chinese side has noticed that some countries believed that attention to regional security situation is not enough in the JCPOA. For this reason, the Chinese side has put forward some good advice. China suggested establishing another platform for multilateral dialogue where all parties can express their concerns and reach new consensus on maintaining regional peace and stability, under the premise of firmly safeguarding the effectiveness and authority of the JCPOA. I am willing to reiterate that this proposal still remains effective.

Wang Yi stressed, on the non-proliferation issue, the Chinese side has always advocated striving for a world free of nuclear weapons. The Chinese side has the most advanced policies on nuclear weapons among nuclear weapon states, and has the most stringent requirements on itself. The Chinese side calls on major nuclear weapon states to play a leading role in the building of a world free of nuclear weapons, and is willing to continue to play a constructive role.

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