China approved Putin’s proposal for an online summit on Iran

China welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for an online summit on the Iranian nuclear issue. Zhao Lijiang, official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, made such a statement.

Lijian also said that China highly appreciates the efforts of the Russian side to solve the Iranian nuclear problem, as well as to strengthen regional security.

“China has always firmly supported Iran’s Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement and is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry website said.

The ministry spokesman stressed that China is ready to continue to maintain close ties and coordination with the relevant parties to jointly advance a political settlement on this issue.

On Friday, August 14, the U.S. resolution on the extension of the arms embargo against Iran did not receive the right number of votes in the UN Security Council. In its draft resolution, Washington proposed an extension “until the Security Council decides otherwise”. Russia and China voted against it, the U.S. and Dominican Republic voted against it, and France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Vietnam, South Africa, Indonesia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Estonia abstained.

Restrictions on the import of weapons into Iran, under the terms of the nuclear deal, will expire on 18 October 2020.

Earlier, on August 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow remains fully committed to the PRTR to resolve the Iranian nuclear programme. He proposed to hold an online meeting of the heads of the UNSC permanent member states in the very near future with the participation of the leaders of Germany and Iran to avoid aggravation of the situation.

The initiative of Putin was supported by French President Emmanuelle Macron. In turn, U.S. President Donald Trump said on August 15 that he would not like to hold an online summit on Iran proposed by Russia before the elections in his country.

In late July, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the expansion of sanctions against Iranian nuclear, missile and military programs. The State Department has identified 22 materials that Tehran allegedly uses in connection with nuclear, military or ballistic programs. Among them are aluminum alloys, aluminum powder, some brands of steel, including stainless. The sanctions will now affect those who knowingly transfer them to the Iranian side.