Zarif visits Beijing on int’l tour to salvage nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif

In this video report, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is seen during a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammed Javad Zarif, during a visit to Beijing by Zarif and a delegation of senior Iranian regime officials for talks concerning the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal between Iran’s regime and the P5+1 group of which China is a member following US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the deal.

Zarif headed the high-ranking Iranian delegation, with China the first stop on their whirlwind tour of nations in an effort to salvage the JCPOA after Trump’s decision. Iran’s regime is seeking assurances of the deal’s survival from the other contracting parties.   Wang said that the Chinese leadership believes the trip would strengthen the member states’, including China’s, understanding of Iran’s circumstances and the initiatives taken by the regime in Tehran concerning the deal.

Wang said that China will safeguard’s Iran’s national interests, as well as actively contributing to regional peace. Zarif said that the delegation hoped that their visit to China and to other JCPOA contracting member states in the next few days would allow the member states to reach a consensus on the deal’s future. Following the trip to China, Zarif and his fellow delegates visited Russia and a number of European countries for discussions with the relevant officials on the recent developments in the deal and the Iranian nuclear issue.