Dec 19, 2017, 4:05 PM
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Iran deal contributes to China's Silk Road: Chinese official

Tehran, Dec 19, IRNA - A senior official of the ruling party in China on Tuesday described Iran's nuclear deal as a requirement for implementation of the Chinese initiative, Known as One Belt, One Road (OBOR), as it provides the peace needed for the implementatiion of the plan.

'Trade and economic cooperation requires peace,' The Vice-Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of China Li Jun, adding that the nuclear deal laid the required ground in terms of peace and tranquility for implementation of the Chinese plan to restore the ancient Silk Road.

'Iran's nuclear deal, which was signed after 10 years of efforts by the international community, is an example in which differences are solved through dialogue,' he said.

Iran and the major world powers signed the deal, which is known as the Joint comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under the agreement Iran accepted to curb its nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief.

'I think we should attach much importance to the JCPOA, as its implementation will be in the interest of not only the signatories, but also of the world,' Li said.

'The Chinese governement has expressed the stance in various ways,' the official said.

Iran is an important trade partner to China with regard to implementing OBOR, he said, adding that increasing trade cooperation needs more coordination in policymaking.

He said that Iran, as a big country which is located around the maritime and land Silk Road, is playing its due role.

Over 100 countries and international organization are cooperating with China in terms of policy coordination on OBOR, and more than 80 countries have signed memorandum of understanding with China to cooperate on the initiative, according to Li.

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