Asia

In message to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a meeting in Beijing Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a meeting in Beijing Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, is greeted by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a meeting in Beijing Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, is greeted by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a meeting in Beijing Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after a joint press conference in Beijing Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi after a joint press conference in Beijing Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The foreign ministers of China and Iran have urged countries not to violate the Iranian nuclear deal, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Beijing on Monday that each of the seven nations involved in the agreement "have the obligation to fully implement" it.

The July 2015 deal came after two years of negotiations between Iran, the United States, China, Britain, France, Germany and Russia. The agreement imposed strict limits on Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for the end of wide-ranging oil, trade and financial sanctions.

Trump has vowed to renegotiate the deal, possibly imperiling an agreement that has put off the threat of Tehran developing atomic weapons.