China backs Iran in US tensions


China offered strong support to Iran on Friday, with its top diplomat telling Iran’s foreign minister that China opposes unilateral sanctions and supports Tehran’s efforts to safeguard its interests. US-Iranian tensions have escalated in recent days, bringing increasing concerns about possible conflict. Iran has said it is committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the US withdrawal from the agreement last year, and has called the re-imposition of US sanctions unacceptable. Meeting in Beijing, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi told Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that given the important and rapidly-evolving situation, the two needed to strengthen communication and coordination. China resolutely opposes the US implementation of unilateral sanctions and so-called ‘long arm jurisdiction’, understands the current situation and concerns of the Iranian side, and supports the Iranian side to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests, China’s Foreign Ministry paraphrased Wang as saying.

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