According to Reuters, Washington approached Beijing through diplomatic channels to discuss the possibility of reducing China’s oil purchases from Iran.
“We are aware of the purchases of Iranian oil, which are carried out by Chinese companies. We raised this topic through diplomatic channels with China as part of our policy dialogue on Iran, and we believe that overall this is a more effective way to address these issues of concern to us”, a senior US official told Reuters.
The agency explained that the United States’ contacts with China are being undertaken against the backdrop of attempts by the American administration to persuade Tehran to resume negotiations on a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program.
Recall that in 2015 Great Britain, Germany, China, Russia, USA, France and Iran signed a JCPOA. The deal included the lifting of sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program as a guarantor of Tehran’s non-receipt of nuclear weapons.
However, in 2018, then US President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement and reinstate sanctions against Iran. In turn, Tehran announced a phased reduction of obligations under the agreement, abandoning restrictions in nuclear research, centrifuges and the level of uranium enrichment.Ukrainian Foreign Minister scares Russia with “serious problems”