Oct 13, 2018, 1:21 PM
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Beijing-Tehran relations still growing: Chinese official

Beijing, Oct 13, IRNA – Despite Washington’s threats and pressures on other countries to sanction Tehran, China and Iran have preserved their level of economic cooperation and are witnessing growing ties, a Chinese official said.

China is the biggest importer of Iran’s oil and also the main customer for Iran’s non-oil products, Li Kuiwen, Head of statistics and analysis department of China's General Administration of Customs, told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) in the Chinese capital on Saturday.

After Washington's May 8 exit from the Iran Deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US gave 90-to-180-day wind-down period to other countries before it starts re-imposing sanctions on Tehran on November 4.

The US move drew criticism of the world leaders', particularly the Europeans.

According to Kuiwen, the worth of products China imported from Iran during the first nine months of the year has been 17.3 billion dollars (112.9 yuans) which indicates 19.1 increase compared to the same period last year.

Economic relations between China and Iran are growing regardless of the internal laws of a third country, the Chinese official added, stressing US unilateral withdrawal from the Iran Deal will not affect Beijing-Tehran economic ties.

Beijing is against unilateralism whether it is followed by the US or any other country, Kuiwen said.

US President Donald Trump is to resume anti-Iran sanctions which had been lifted in January, 2016, after announcement of “Implementation Day” of the Iran Deal in the same month.

Europeans are after keeping the 2015 nuclear deal alive, and are against the US unilateral move.

In a related development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying commented in June on the US anti-Iran measures saying “'China opposes any bans and pressure on Iran and has always been against unilateral sanctions on other countries.”

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