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Iran nuclear issue can only be solved via dialogue, negotiations: Chinese diplomat

12-22-2011 08:53 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said here Wednesday that the Iran nuclear issue can only be resolved through dialogue and negotiations.

"At present, the situation is undergoing profound changes in the Middle East region. Against such background, it is of greater and more realistic significance for all parties to seek for a proper settlement of the Iran nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiations, maintain peace and stability of the Middle East and avoid further turbulence in the region," Wang told a Security Council meeting about the council's sanctions committee on resolution 1737, which was adopted in 2006.

The 1737 committee is tasked with monitoring a set of sanctions against Iran established by resolution 1737 and subsequent council resolutions.

China believes that all parties concerned have obligations to earnestly and accurately implement resolutions of the Security Council. However, sanctions are not the ultimate objectives of the resolutions, he noted.

Wang said that the governing board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has recently adopted a new resolution on Iran nuclear issue, aimed at promoting cooperation between the agency and Iran, as well as supporting the efforts made by the six countries including the United States, China and Russia to solve the Iran nuclear issue through dialogue.

"We hope that all parties should seize this opportunity, act in the spirit of being responsible for peace and stability of the Middle East and international nuclear non-proliferation regime to further enhance diplomatic efforts and push for substantial progress from cooperation between Iran and the IAEA," he said. " This is the common aspiration of the international community, and comply with the fundamental interests of all sides."

Iran, as a state party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), is entitled to the right of peaceful use of nuclear energy and should fulfill its international obligations. China hopes that Iran could properly solve the outstanding issues through dialogue and cooperation with the IAEA, thus enhance the confidence of the international community in the peaceful nature of the its nuclear program.

"China believes that as long as all parties have strategic vision, actively adopt measures in a flexible and programmatic manner, mobilize positive factors can progress be made in dialogue and negotiations," Wang said.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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