Iran urges China, Russia for 'concrete action' to save nuclear deal

Tensions created by US require Iran to consult with its partners

Iran urges China, Russia for 'concrete action' to save nuclear deal

Trump has ordered a beefing-up of U.S. military assets in the Middle East and Persian Gulf, citing possible threats from Iran, and the State Department also ordered the evacuation of all nonessential personnel from the U.S. Embassy in neighboring Iraq.

An attack on four oil tankers in the Gulf on Sunday, for which no one has claimed responsibility, and Saudi Arabia's announcement on Tuesday that armed drones hit two of its oil pumping stations have raised tensions.

The Trump administration pulled America out of the 2015 deal a year ago and imposed escalating sanctions ─ the latest levied as recently as last week ─ that have crippled Iran's economy.

The motive for redeployment, according to the Saudi reports, was to deter Iran from any attempt to escalate the situation militarily, not to engage in a war with it.

Russian Federation and China must take practical measures if they want to protect the achievements of the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad said on Friday.

The pivot towards Iran came at the expense of Washington's long-term relationship with Saudi Arabia, which for almost 40 years had backed a form of Islam that had widely been seen to have underwritten Sunni extremism.

Wang's comments were inaudible, but China has accused the US of raising tensions in the Middle East with its more assertive approach to Iran, as well as upsetting energy markets and the global economy.

Zarif said that any military action by the group he dubbed the B-team (national security adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed) would be "political suicide". It left Iran with a stark choice: go along with the USA and stop all uranium enrichment, or abandon some of its obligations under the 2015 accord, facing a rupture with European signatories.

Then Trump appeared to minutes later respond to Zarif's tweet.

Meanwhile, the aggressive policy adopted by the USA prompted Maj.

Zarif made the remarks upon arriving in Beijing on Friday, according to ISNA.

Mohammad Javad Zarif chastised the global community, saying that so far, it has "mainly made statements, instead of saving the deal", according to the official IRNA news agency.

Tehran Times quoted Safari's observation as saying, "The Americans are pursuing a maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic in order to force Iran back to the negotiating table".

He aims to drum up political and economic support for Iran, amid rising tensions in the Middle East and USA pressure to scrap the landmark nuclear deal that restricted Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

The evacuation comes amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran.

China welcomes Iran to actively take part in the joint building of the Belt and Road and hopes to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, Wang said.

The accord provided Tehran with relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

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