China says ready for constructive role in Iran nuclear issue

China has reiterated its readiness to play a constructive role in the upcoming round of talks on Iran’s nuclear issue in Vienna.

“China is ready to stay in close communication and coordination with all parties and take a constructive part in the negotiation between the P5+1 [group of world powers] and Iran,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

She was referring to the February 18 meeting scheduled between Iran and the six world powers – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany.

Hua said Iran and the world powers plan to negotiate “a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue.”

She expressed hope that “all parties will focus on the overall interests” and take into account “each other’s concerns” with a view to finding a “comprehensive” solution to Iran’s outstanding nuclear issues.

Iran and the Sextet inked an interim deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program in Geneva, Switzerland, last November. The deal came to force on January 20th.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities as a confidence-building measure, and the world powers undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief and to release more than USD 4 billion of Tehran’s oil revenues.

On Sunday, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement on seven practical measures to be implemented by Tehran as voluntary measures by 15 May 2014. The two sides also reviewed progress on the implementation of the six initial practical measures that were agreed upon some three months ago.

Tehran and the agency signed a joint statement in November 2013 to outline a roadmap on mutual cooperation on certain outstanding nuclear issues. Under the deal, Iran agreed, on a voluntary basis, to allow IAEA inspectors to visit the Arak heavy water plant and the Gachin uranium mine in the south of Iran.

By Press TV


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