China urges ‘pragmatic’ solution to Iran N-issue

China has called upon parties involved in the new round of negotiations in Geneva over Tehran’s nuclear energy program to seize the opportunity and seek a pragmatic solution.

“We urge all parties concerned to step up pragmatic efforts, properly settle differences, search for pragmatic and viable solutions, start new phase of substantial negotiations and seek early progress,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

She also reaffirmed China’s commitment to keeping communications with related parties, and make constructive efforts to promote dialogue over Iran’s nuclear issue.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany held two rounds of talks on Tuesday. The first round was held in the morning, attended by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Zarif and Aston were not present in the second round.

During the closed-door meeting in the morning, Zarif presented Iran’s proposal titled “Closing an Unnecessary Crisis, and Opening a New Horizon” to Ashton and the representatives of the six countries.

The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

By Press TV


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