Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on September 26
Q: We have noted that a foreign ministers' meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue was convened at the UN Headquarters in New York which gathered together Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, foreign ministers of Russia, the UK and Iran, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the Director General of Department of Political Affairs of Germany's Foreign Ministry. The meeting published a joint statement. Could you offer us more information on that?
A: On September 24 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended a foreign ministers' meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue at the UN Headquarters in New York. All participants discussed pathways to ensure the comprehensive and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and evaluated the progress made in identifying and executing practical measures to achieve that goal.
The JCPOA is a multilateral agreement ratified by the Security Council. As a major outcome of multilateralism with the legal force of international law, it serves the common interests of the international community. To preserve and implement the JCPOA is to uphold the authority of the UN and the Security Council, the seriousness and sanctity of international agreements, multilateralism, the basic norms of international law, international nuclear non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East.
Just like State Councilor Wang Yi pointed out, the meeting carried four messages. First, the meeting expressed deep regrets over the US withdrawal from the JCPOA. Second, it recognized Iran's compliance with its nuclear-related commitments made in the JCPOA. Third, it reaffirmed commitments to continue to preserve and implement the JCPOA. Fourth, it was devoted to properly addressing difficulties in maintaining normal economic and trade cooperation with Iran.