Speaking at a regular press conference in Beijing on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said the move would also hamper “shared efforts” made by parties to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to maintain the agreement after the unilateral US withdrawal.
“It [US decision] demonstrates its consistent pattern of unilateral and hegemonic practice. China is firmly opposed to that,” Zhao added.
Hawkish US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that Washington had ended the last remaining sanctions waivers in the JCPOA.
“Today, I am ending the sanctions waiver for JCPOA-related projects in Iran, effective in 60 days,” Pompeo wrote on Twitter.
Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said on Thursday that the US has destroyed the last means of retention of the JCPOA by ending waivers for sanctions prohibiting nuclear cooperation with Tehran.