China strongly rejects US unilateral sanctions against Iran

China strongly rejects US unilateral sanctions against Iran

TEHRAN - China does not support US policy on eliminating Iran's oil exports, the director-general of the Department of Arms Control at the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated on Friday.

"China rejects unilateral sanctions, and energy security is very important for us. Oil import is very important for the Chinese energy security and for the Chinese people. I repeat, we do not support US policy on bringing Iran's oil exports to zero," Fu Cong told reporters when asked if Beijing would continue buying oil from Tehran, World News reported.

Iran has confirmed at a meeting of the joint commission on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna that it remained committed to the deal, Fu said.

"This is very important, and we support this position. Other participants agreed that we should give Iran economic benefits that the JCPOA presupposes," the Chinese official added.

According to the Chinese diplomat, the European Union stated at the meeting that it had finalized INSTEX —a special mechanism for trade with Iran bypassing US sanctions.