July 28, 2019 / 2:08 PM / 24 days ago

China says all parties at Vienna nuclear meeting aim to safeguard nuclear deal

Iran's top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi and EEAS Secretary General Helga Schmid attend a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria July 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kirsti Knolle

VIENNA (Reuters) - All parties to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran want to safeguard the accord and strongly oppose Washington’s decision to unilaterally re-impose sanctions on Tehran, the head of the Chinese delegation said after a meeting of the pact members.

The remaining parties to the deal - Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, the EU and Iran - met for emergency talks in Vienna called in response to an escalation in tensions between Iran and the West in the past month that included confrontations at sea and Tehran’s breaches of the accord.

“All sides have expressed their commitment to safeguard the JCPOA and to continue to implement the JCPOA in a balanced manner,” Fu Cong, director general of the Department of Arms Control at China’s Foreign Ministry told journalists after the meeting in Vienna.

“All sides have expressed their strong opposition against the U.S. unilateral imposition of sanctions,” he added.

Reporting by Kirsti Knolle; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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