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China calls for restraint in the Gulf

by our Arab Affairs correspondent

PEOPLE’S CHINA has called for restraint in the Gulf, warning of the danger of escalation that could open “Pandora’s Box” in the Middle East. The Chinese government has called on the imperialists to change course over Iran amidst reports that the USA is sending a thousand more troops to the Persian Gulf and the deployment of Royal Marines to Oman, the feudal Arab Gulf state that was a British protectorate until the 1970s.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the media that the people’s government was determined to maintain the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the international agreement on the development of Iran’s nuclear industry. China is unwavering and is willing to continue making efforts for the full and effective implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal he said, following a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mualem in Beijing this week.

Calling on all parties jointly to promote the alleviation of the Iranian nuclear issue and the situation in the Gulf region, instead of letting it get worse, even slipping into conflicts, Wang urged all parties to firmly maintain the deal.

Wang said ensuring the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA was not only a decision made by the United Nations Security Council but also the only effective way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, which is related to the common interests of the international community.

He urged all parties to maintain rationality and restraint, rather than to “open Pandora’s box”, stressing that the USA should change its “maximum pressure” policy. “There is no basis for unilateralism in international law,” he said, adding that unilateralism will create greater crises instead of solving problems.

Noting that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the JCPOA for 15 consecutive times, Wang said China hoped that Iran could make careful decisions and would not abandon the JCPOA easily.

He also urged other parties to respect the reasonable demands of the Iranian side and take active measures to maintain the balance of rights and obligations under the JCPOA.

“The Chinese side is willing to continue making efforts for the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA. At the same time, we will firmly safeguard our own legitimate rights and interests.”

The US hate campaign against Iran resumed last year when the Trump administration unilaterally tore up the international agreement that limited the Islamic Republic’s nuclear research in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

Then the USA’s other NATO allies, including Britain, didn’t want to lose out on the Iranian market and refused to go down the Trump road. Now they are being stampeded into backing US plans for ‘regime change’ in Iran following a spate of mysterious attacks on oil tankers in Gulf waters that the American say were down to Iran.

But the Iranians maintain they had nothing to do with the attacks, which they say it part of a US ‘false-flag’ operation designed to provide a pretext for an American invasion of the Islamic Republic.

Four tankers were allegedly sabotaged in Gulf waters in May. Last week two more oil tankers were allegedly attacked in the Gulf of Oman. The USA claims that they were mined by Iranian Revolutionary Guards but Yutaka Katada, the president of the Japanese company operating one of the stricken ships, has refuted the US version of events, saying that the ship’s crew saw a flying object ahead of the blast.