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US Hopes to Work with China on Zero Iran Oil Exports

US Hopes to Work with China on Zero Iran Oil Exports

Saturday, 10 November, 2018 - 06:30
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis listen to Chinese Communist Party Office of Foreign Affairs Director Yang Jiechi speak as they hold a joint media news conference after participating in a second diplomatic and security meeting at the US Department of State, Washington, US, November 9, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Washington - Moaz Al-Omari
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday his country hopes to work with China on sanctions imposed on Iran, telling a press conference that during an earlier meeting with his Chinese counterparts he expressed a desire to cooperate with China in addressing Iran’s nuclear missile programs and other activities.

“We hope to work with the Chinese government and Chinese energy companies in this regard,” Pompeo said. “Bringing Iran’s oil export revenues to zero is a critical component of this campaign and we discussed this today.”

A senior US intelligence official said on Thursday that China has been violating an agreement with the United States aimed at stopping cyber espionage through the hacking of government and corporate data.

When asked if China was violating the 2015 agreement between then President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, National Security Agency official Rob Joyce said: “We think they are.”

But he added that the quantity and number of attacks had dropped “dramatically” since the agreement.

“While it’s not black and white, (China) met the agreement or they didn’t meet the agreement, it’s clear that they are well beyond the bounds today of the agreement that was forged between our countries,” Joyce said.

Speaking in Beijing on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying rejected the US allegations.

“The US accusations lack factual basis. China firmly opposes them,” she told a daily news briefing.

US media reports have said that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Pompeo are seeking to resolve problems with China.

They met on Thursday with Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe. The annual US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue was originally set for Beijing last month but had been called off amid rising tensions.

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