US sanctions are 'terrorist act', says Iranian President Rouhani

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi meet in Beijing

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi meet in Beijing

Iran's foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif branded his Israeli counterparts "dangerous" and accused the country of engaging in "adventurism".

But China's government, too, must take into account the increasing pressure from the United States related to criminal charges it filed against Huawei, which are linked to the company's work with Iran.

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In exchange for the deal - signed in 2015 in Vienna with six world powers; the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union - global sanctions were lifted, allowing it to sell its oil and gas worldwide. A perception held by many Chinese that the USA seeks to contain their nation's global rise generates sympathy among the public for Iran and other countries, such as Venezuela, identified by Washington as hostile powers.

He addressed the conference a day after USA vice president Mike Pence prodded Germany, France and Britain to follow Washington in withdrawing from the deal and to "stop undermining USA sanctions".

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Israeli officials also say Tehran's actions are the main destabilising factors in the middle east.

"We have always opposed unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction", Geng said, referring to USA efforts to compel other countries to adhere to measures it imposes outside the United Nations. Chinese companies have already shown a willingness to defer to USA sanctions pressure, meaning that unless alternative financing schemes are set up, they'd likely pass on doing business with Iran. But France has said it is ready to reimpose sanctions on Iran if no progress is made in talks over its ballistic missile program.

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Asked about the possibility of a military conflict between Iran and Israel, the Iranian diplomat said he does not see that coming, adding, "But we can not exclude the possibility". At the same time, China has sought to remain a friend to Israel - which Iran regards with hostility - partly to avail itself of the country's cutting-edge technologies. The Saudi crown prince's visit imposes pressure from the opposite direction, however, Yin said.

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