China urges diplomatic solution to Iran nuclear issue

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has stressed the importance of pursuing a “diplomatic solution” to Iran’s nuclear issue despite the US move to impose new sanctions on Tehran.

Addressing a daily news briefing on Monday, Hua said an interim deal reached between Iran and the six major world powers in Geneva marked “an important step” for a diplomatic solution on the nuclear issue.

She urged all parties to follow the principles of mutual respect during the implementation of the Geneva deal.

“All parties should be committed to a diplomatic solution on the issue and strike while the iron is hot so that we can take the first steps as soon as possible,” the spokesperson said.

Hua added that Beijing would proceed with efforts to advocate peace and talks and would also play a constructive role in reaching a comprehensive and proper solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

The administration of US President Barack Obama on December 12 issued new sanctions against more than a dozen companies and individuals for “providing support” for Tehran’s nuclear program.

The US Treasury Department said it was freezing assets and banning transactions of entities that had attempted to evade the sanctions against Iran.

The new US embargoes come despite the nuclear deal inked between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24.

The interim deal sought to set the stage for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.

As part of the Geneva deal, it was agreed that no more sanctions would be imposed on Iran for six months.

On Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran would continue negotiations with the six major world powers but would respond prudently to any unconstructive and inappropriate action on the part of the Sextet.

“We will seriously pursue the Geneva talks, and we will of course give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper and unconstructive action,” Zarif added.

By Press TV

 

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