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Beijing to host Iran to avoid project disruption

Beijing to host Iran to avoid project disruption

He claimed this wouldn't violate the nuclear deal which put limits on Iran's atomic program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. Like the U.S., Iran is involved in the government-led battle against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq, but Iran also supports the Syrian government against ISIS and insurgents, whereas the U.S. backs a mostly Kurdish coalition that also includes Arabs and other ethnic minorities operating mostly outside of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's control in Syria.

China's President Xi Jinping will meet Rouhani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting on June 9-10 in Qingdao, said Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will attend a summit with leaders of China and Russian Federation next month, officials in Beijing said on Monday, amid efforts to salvage the nuclear deal thrown into upheaval by Donald Trump.

Iran is now an observer member of the SCO, though it has long sought full membership. In the regional bloc, the SCO also includes four ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia and two new members - Pakistan and India.

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"'Due to U.S. act of withdrawing from Iran deal, we need to have more consultations with New Delhi", said Mr Zarif earlier in the day.

"For us, it's not about an economic interest, this is about a security interest for the European Union, because in the absence of the nuclear deal with Iran, we believe the security of the region and of Europe would be at stake and so this is why we are insisting so much about keeping this agreement in place", she insisted.

Speaking in an interview with Iran's state TV Sunday night, May 27, Araqchi warned that "Iran might pull out of the JCPOA if we do not reach a conclusion at the end of our negotiations with the European signatories" of the nuclear deal, also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


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