China scales back Iran nuclear cooperation due to fears of U.S. sanctions

China has slowed down its work on an Iranian nuclear project amid Beijing’s current high-stakes negotiations with the United States.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), said on Wednesday that the Chinese were “reducing the speed of cooperation despite their commitment” to redesign the Arak heavy water reactor.

Salehi told the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency that China fears possible US sanctions on its nuclear-related firms if it continues its cooperation with his country.

He also urged China to re-engage with the project, but insisted that Iran had “alternative choices” if it continued to drag its feet.

Source » scmp

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