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China's Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

AFP  |  Beijing 

Chinese leader called for the nuclear deal to be "earnestly" implemented as he met the country's following the US withdrawal from the pact, said today.

Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of that also included and former Soviet republics.

announced last month the US was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions that would hit international businesses working in the Islamic republic.

The other parties to the deal -- Britain, France, Germany, and -- have vowed to stay in the accord but their companies risk huge penalties if they keep doing business in

In his meeting with Rouhani, Xi described the deal as "an important outcome of multilateralism", according to the official service.

Xi said the deal is "conducive to safeguarding peace and stability in the and the international non-proliferation regime, and should continue to be implemented earnestly," according to Xinhua.

Rouhani said expects the international community, including China, "to play a positive role in properly dealing with relevant issues", the agency reported.

During the summit of the (SCO) on Sunday, Russian told the assembled leaders, including Rouhani, that the US withdrawal could "destabilise the situation" but still supports the "unconditional implementation" of the deal.

Rouhani also had a bilateral meeting with Putin in on Saturday and said more talks were needed between their two countries following Washington's "illegal" withdrawal, according to the Kremlin.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 08:15 IST