China & Russia must take "Concrete Actions" to save JCPOA

Clay Curtis
May 20, 2019

Ghika's remarks "run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from USA and allies regarding Iranian-backed forces in the region", Navy Capt. Bill Urban, CENTCOM spokesman, said in a statement.

China appreciates Iran's full implementation of the nuclear deal and intention to stick to it, Wang added.

China in response called on all parties to uphold the nuclear deal in what it called a "shared responsibility".

"China firmly opposes unilateral sanctions and the so-called "long arm" jurisdiction imposed by the United States on Iran", Wang said, according to China's Xinhua state news agency.

"The reality is that relations with the United States are more important for China than those with Iran", said Jean-François Dufour, expert with the DCA Chine Analyse think tank, in an interview with Lebanese French-language daily L'Orient-Le Jour.

China welcomes Iran to actively take part in the joint building of the Belt and Road and hopes to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, Wang said.

China was one of the eight global buyers, along with India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Greece, that was U.S. allowed to import Iranian crude oil before the waivers were ended in early May.

Iran recently said it would resume enriching uranium at higher levels if a new nuclear deal is not reached with Europe by July 7. Images showed the boats-believed to be under the control of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-being armed at several ports, raising concerns of imminent attack or that the weapons would be transferred to regional Iranian proxies for use in more deniable operations.

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The Lincoln passed through the Suez Canal last Thursday on its way to its new assignment, as Breitbart News reported. Nine U.S. national security and congressional officials discussed the intelligence and the closed-door talks about it on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about them publicly.

"Even our short-range missiles can easily reach (U.S.) warships in the Persian Gulf", Mohammad Saleh Jokar, the Guard's deputy for parliamentary affairs, was quoted by Fars as saying.

The person was confirming reports in The New York Times saying that Washington reacted to aerial photos from us intelligence agencies showing traditional boats carrying Iranian missiles in the Gulf, one of the world's most strategic waterways. However, the USS McFaul and the USS Gonzalez, two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, transited the strait on Thursday without incident.

Iran is exercising "maximum restraint in spite of the fact the United States withdrew from (the) JCPOA last May", Zarif said at the start of his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

On Wednesday morning, the president attended a Situation Room briefing on Iran, a person familiar with the meeting said.

Benchmark Brent crude now stands around $72 a barrel.

Iran's top diplomat on Saturday dismissed the possibility of war erupting in the region, saying Tehran did not want a conflict and that no country had the "illusion it can confront Iran", the state news agency IRNA reported.

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