TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrapped up his four-leg tour of Asia aimed at boosting bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic and the four Asian countries of Turkmenistan, India, Japan, and China.
Accompanied by a high-ranking delegation, Zarif left the Chinese capital of Beijing for Tehran after holding several meetings with senior officials of the East Asian country.
“In final 2 days of Asia tour—Turkmenistan, India, China & Japan—fruitful discussions w/ FM Kono & PM Abe in Tokyo, & FM Wang Yi in Beijing. Int’l community, #JCPOA members, & our partners must step up efforts to restore stability & save JCPOA through concrete economic measures,” Zarif tweeted on Friday at the end of his Asian tour.
The foreign minister’s trips came as the US has been ratcheting up a policy of “maximum pressure” against Iran under President Donald Trump.
Recently, the US administration renewed five of seven sanctions waivers that allow Russia and European nations to conduct civilian nuclear cooperation with Iran but revoked the other two as part of its pressure campaign against Tehran.
Washington also stopped issuing waivers to buy Iranian crude oil on May 2.
On May 8, 2018, Trump pulled his country out of the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Following the US withdrawal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.
The European Union has vowed to counter Trump’s renewed sanctions on Iran, including by means of a new law to shield European companies from punitive measures, but it has so far failed to do anything beyond making statements.