Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has called on the new US administration to return to the 2015 nuclear deal as soon as possible.

“We hope that the new US administration will return to the JCPOA and resume compliance as soon as possible and unconditionally, lift all relevant sanctions, take concrete actions to fulfill its duties, and advance the process of political settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue and safeguard regional peace and stability,” Zhao said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

The remarks came in reaction to Monday comments by Jake Sullivan, US President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for national security adviser.

Sullivan said that the incoming administration wants to put Iran “back into the box” by rejoining the nuclear deal and forcing them to comply with the terms of the agreement, which would lay the groundwork for a “follow-on negotiation” on broader issues.

In 2018, the US President Donald Trump quit the JCPOA, which was clinched between Iran and world powers, and returned its unilateral sanctions that had been lifted as per the accord.