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Statement by Ambassador WU Haitao at the Security Council Briefing on Non-proliferation

2017/12/19

China would like to thank Under-Secretary-General Feltman, Ambassador Cardi and Ms. Anderson for their briefings and to express its appreciation for their work.

Since Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nearly two years ago, its overall implementation has been making steady progress with expanding and increasingly visible positive results. The International Atomic Energy Agency has reported nine times that the Islamic Republic of Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA. Thanks to the efforts of all parties, the coordination between the Security Council and the Procurement Channel is working as planned.

The JCPOA is a successful example of addressing international and regional hotspot issues through political and diplomatic means and has played an important role in consolidating the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East. At the tenth meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, held on 13 December 2017, all participants noted their continued adherence to the JCPOA commitments and stressed the need to ensure the effective implementation of all its aspects in good faith and in a constructive atmosphere. The JCPOA was achieved through arduous efforts and difficulties, and challenges will inevitably be encountered in its implementation. The parties should remain steadfast in their political will, enhance mutual trust and have greater confidence in the future of the JCPOA. China commends the efforts by all the parties concerned, including Iran, in implementing the JCPOA and calls on them to continue to follow the JCPOA guidelines, fulfill their respective commitments and promote the steady and sustained implementation of the JCPOA.

The report of the Secretary-General (S/2017/1030) is an important component of the implementation of resolution 2231 (2015) and the JCPOA. As such, it should be considered in connection with the overall implementation of the resolution and the JCPOA. In the current situation, the report of the Secretary-General should reflect the implementation efforts by all parties, including Iran, in an objective and balanced manner. China noted that the Secretary-General’s report stressed the great importance of the JCPOA, objectively quoted the relevant conclusions of the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency, encouraged all Member States and regional and international organizations to act in accordance with the historic JCPOA agreement and support its implementation, and signaled the need to continue to actively advance the implementation of the resolution and the JCPOA. China speaks positively of it. With regard to issues related to Iran’s ballistic missile launches, the parties should accurately interpret the relevant resolution and take a prudent approach to addressing such questions in order to avoid any negative effect on the implementation of the JCPOA. China hopes that the legitimate concerns of Iran with regard to the content of the report can be addressed.

China appreciates the work done by Ambassador Cardi and his team as Facilitator for the implementation of resolution 2231 (2015). China has taken note of the report submitted by the Joint Commission on the work of the Procurement Working Group and will continue to take an active part in the work of the Joint Commission and the Procurement Working Group. China hopes that the various working mechanisms will act in accordance with their mandates and generate synergy in their joint efforts to advance the implementation of the resolution and the JCPOA.

China consistently advocates for the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue via political and diplomatic means and is committed to the strengthening of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and the maintenance of international and regional peace and stability. China firmly supports and upholds the JCPOA which is a historic achievement. We will continue to actively participate in the implementation of the resolution and the JCPOA, promote the continued release of the JCPOA dividends to benefit all parties, and contribute to the comprehensive, long-term and appropriate settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.

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