May 19, 2019, 5:13 PM
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JCPOA-based mission on Silk Road

Tehran May 19, IRNA - The main and basic challenge that brings together Iran and Eastern powers today is the rule of unilateralism on the White House's behavior and policies; a situation that can disorder many benefits and equations based on stability, interaction, cooperation and development in the current world.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Beijing for Tehran at the end of his Asian trip.

Zarif started this week-long trip last Sunday (May 12), the first destination of which was Turkmenistan.

After talks with the country's leaders, he headed for New Delhi on Monday night.

Subsequently, on Thursday, Zarif’s talks were held with Japanese officials so that the Foreign Minister finally end the week as a guest of his Chinese counterpart in Beijing.

** Brief look at Zarif’s Asian travel plan

The most basic agenda of Zarif in Ashgabat was holding talks with Turkmenistan's President and Foreign Minister to develop cooperation in the areas of transit, energy, trade and combating narcotics. The two sides also emphasized the importance of good neighborliness and cultural cooperation.

Zarif is on a trip to India, Iran's second-largest oil customer, ahead of US oil sanctions, pursued the agreement of last December in New Delhi; agreements on India's activities and investments in the Chabahar port, exempted from Washington's sanctions, and Also, the oil exchanges to be decided upon after the country's general election.

Another agreement between Tehran and New Delhi was the use of the Rupee mechanism to settle bilateral transactions, focusing on the financial activities of a credible Indian bank and its cooperation with an Iranian bank.

The incident that was appealing to the media during Zarifs' presence in India, which triggered the foreign minister's reaction, was the sabotage operation in the UAE's Al- Fujairah. Zarif said in New Delhi on Tuesday that it was foreseeable that some hard-liners in the United States and the region would want to disturb the region in such a way.

Thus, outlining the goals of the anti-Iranian hardline team called Team B, consisting of John Bolton, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed, was one of the topics that Zarif pursued during this trip. The Iranian foreign minister has repeatedly reminded the implications of the turbulent policies of the US and regional radicals in the political and media talks.

An important part of Zarif’s dialogue with the prime minister and foreign minister of Japan was devoted to the regional issues and bilateral relations between Tehran and Tokyo. Japanese officials, who, along with countries such as Iraq and Oman, raised the mediation plan at the height of tensions between Tehran and Washington, explicitly expressed concern about the insecurity and instability in the Middle East, and are taking all of their power to uphold the JCPOA as the document to guarantee peace in the region.

Zarif and Chinese foreign minister met in China and talked about ways to maintain Iran's nuclear agreement and the Group 4 +1. China's Minister of Foreign Affairs once again rejected American sanctions, noting that his country would protect Iran's legitimate interests.

One of the most important events related to Iran-China relations in the course of the Zarif's tour of Asia, was Washington's increased warnings against the two countries. After reports of Iranian oil storage in one of China's ports, Beijing warned against violating Iranian sanctions.

On the other hand, the American action against the Chinese company Huawei as well as the White House's threat of China to deter its leaders from the tit-for-tat action prompted Beijing to adopt serious positions against the government.

In response to the US threats, China's foreign ministry spokesman said Beijing would increase the customs tariff on Chinese products, adding that China is reluctant to enter the trade war, but it is not afraid of it. 'We will never surrender to the external pressures and will firmly defend our rights and legal interests.'

While in China, Zarif also stressed Tehran's quest to defend the interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and said, 'Iran does not want war and wants peace and stability in the Persian Gulf.'

** Iran, Eastern partners and joint goals against unilateralism

From the anniversary of the US withdrawal of JCPOA, the Islamic Republic of Iran, in response to the lack of accountability of other members of the nuclear agreement, especially the European, has reduced its nuclear liabilities.

Today, the eastern capitals are the most important foreign policy goals of the Islamic Republic of Iran. At the time of the announcement of a reduction in commitments that was made in accordance with the provisions of the agreement, Zarif was in talks with the Russian authorities and, in various positions, described the reasons for and support for the decision.

At the same time, the leaders of the Kremlin also stated that the responsibility and consequences of the collapse and dismantling of the JCPOA are on the part of the Americans, and Moscow strongly supports the positions of Tehran.

There are also many common interests nowadays that bring together Iran and its eastern partners. As the Chinese Foreign Minister, at a meeting with Zarif, said that a very important situation has emerged in the international and regional community that is developing rapidly, for this reason, the two countries need to strengthen their communications and cooperation in these conditions.

Meanwhile, American unilateralism has now become the biggest challenge for the great interests and intentions of the eastern powers, and this also shows the need for greater convergence with Iran as the main target of the policy of hostile policies of the Trump government.

In this way, Zarif's recent trip can be described as a mission on the Silk Road to defend Iran's interests, as well as a nuclear accord as a document of stability and security in the region.


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