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Chinese, Iranian FMs holds phone conversation on ties

TOKYO, June 23 (KUNA) -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian on Thursday discussed their ties, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
In their phone conversation, Amir Abdollahian briefed Wang on latest progress in the negotiations on resuming the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), saying that the bullying actions of the US is the major obstacle to current negotiations, according to the report.
He added that the Iranian side will unswervingly safeguard its national interests, and is firmly committed to resolving differences through negotiations, so as to achieve an agreement at an early date. Amir Abdollahian also expressed gratitude to China for its constructive role on the Iranian nuclear issue.
Wang told Amir Abdollahian that China disapproves of any non-constructive measures that lead to the continuous escalation of the situation, and that all parties should continue to uphold the correct logic of right and wrong and work tirelessly to reach an agreement through diplomatic efforts, the report said.
"China opposes the politicization of affairs of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and supports the IAEA and Iran to resolve outstanding issues through dialogue and cooperation," Wang was quoted as saying.
"The US side should earnestly realize its own responsibility and actively respond to Iran's reasonable demands, adding that the Chinese side will continue to uphold justice, support the negotiation process, and is willing to maintain close communication with the Iranian side," he added.
In the meeting, Amir Abdollahian also reiterated Iran's support for the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative, both proposed by China.
Wang said China highly values its relations with Iran and stands ready to work with the Iranian side to continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning their respective core interests and major concerns in the spirit of the comprehensive strategic partnership. (end) mk.aa