PUBLISHED: 03:49, Fri, Nov 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 03:49, Fri, Nov 6, 2020
Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Saied Khatibzadeh has dismissed reports claiming discussions with China have been postponed because of the uncertainty around the US election. Both Iran and China have seen plummeting relations with the US this year over a series of issues, with Donald Trump taking a firmer stance against diplomacy and Joe Biden promising to do the same should he become President. The election has been thrown into chaos as Mr Trump and Mr Biden wait for all states to finish counting ballots, while the President claims the contest is “rigged”.
Mr Khatibzadeh, speaking to Iranian state news network Press TV, said China and Iran would be pushing ahead with a massive 25-year deal between the two countries regardless of the US’ election result.
He said: “I deny such an issue, these issues are raised by adversarial media and are untrue.
“Negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and China under the 25-year agreement are continuing diligently and are not tied to elections of any country, especially the United States of America.”
The spokesman added details on the historic partnership between Tehran and Beijing would be made public as soon as possible.
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US Election news: Iran and China's deal is not affected by the US election, claims an Iranian official (Image: PA)
US Election news: Saied Khatibzadeh said negotiations between Iran and China have nothing to do with the US election, and are set to continue regardless (Image: PA)
The deal would see China and Iran collaborate on energy, investment and security, and has been viewed by experts as Tehran’s response to the US’ sanctions on the country.
If the deal is finalised, it is expected to see China pump $400 billion into various Iranian sectors.
In exchange, Tehran is believed to have agreed to give Beijing a steady supply of energy at a discounted rate for 25 years.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani approved a draft of the deal in June, with talks intensifying over the last few months with the hopes of striking a deal quickly.
US Election news: The 25-year-deal would see China and Iran closely tied in energy and security (Image: PA)