China blames the US for tensions over Iran’s nuclear program

China has blamed the United States for tensions over Iran’s nuclear program and called for world powers to stick to their 2015 deal with Tehran. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying emphasises Monday that American side should cease economic pressure on Iran.

She said: “The U.S. should abandon wrong practices such as unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure on Iran.”

The deal started collapsing with the United States unilaterally withdrawing last year and imposing sanctions on Iran.

The Chinese ministry spokesman says parties to the deal, which also include Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and the European Union — should stay committed to all parts of the comprehensive agreement.

Her comments followed Iran’s announcement that it would start using advanced centrifuges that are prohibited under the agreement. The centrifuges can be used to enrich uranium.

Iran is trying to pressure Europe to find a way to ease the economic toll of the sanctions.