China Pushes for the United States to Get Rid of All Unilateral Sanctions Imposed on Iran

On July 6, 2023, Geng Shuang, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, urged the US to lift all unilateral sanctions and restrictions imposed on Iran with respect to its nuclear program.

“China calls on the US to remove all unilateral sanctions and restrictions with respect to Iran and other countries and stop using force,” he declared at a UN Security Council meeting dealing with Resolution 2231 on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions. “All sides must maintain a rational approach and consider the Iranian issue separately from others, and avoid any negative steps that could cause an escalation and undermine diplomatic and political solutions.”

He argued that’s why China rejected the proposal to admit the Ukrainian delegation to the UNSC meeting.

US Alternate Representative the UN Robert Wood stated at the meeting that the US will continue its current policy of blocking the transfer of ballistic missile technology to and from Iran. The US diplomat noted that the US government will continue imposing sanctions on companies and suppliers that facilitate these missile transfers to and from Iran. 

The Iran Nuclear Deal was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and Germany. Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018. By contrast, current US President Joe Biden has nominally signaled his desire to resuscitate the agreement. 

However, from the looks of it, the US has no real desire to re-enter this deal thanks to its increasingly bellicose attitude towards Iran, which is the product of the US’s slavish devotion to Zionist interest groups. Until a realist foreign policy mindset sweeps across America’s decisionmakers, the US will continue to pursue hostilities against Iran. 

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