Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday that the remaining signatories of Iran’s nuclear deal should act to save the accord as “supportive statements” are not enough.
“Traveling to countries which are our friends, especially those who are part of the nuclear deal in order to hold talks on the latest developments regardding the pact and ways to preserve it.”
“Safeguarding the (nuclear accord) is possible through practical measures, and not only through supportive statements,” Zarif was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA before leaving Japan on his way to China.
The top Iranian diplomat stressed that saving the deal is the responsibility of the international community.
Last week, Iran notified the five remaining signatories that it would scale back some commitments under its 2015 nuclear deal, a year after Washington left the pact and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran. Tehran has asked the other signatories to help protect its economy from US sanctions.
Zarif is slated to meet senior Chinese officials, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Mehr news agency reported.
The China trip comes after Zarif visited Turkmenistan, India and Japan in the past week.
China is one of the five remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal, in addition to Britain, France, Germany and Russia. It is also a major importer of Iranian crude oil and a permanent member of the UN Security Council.