China hails recent Iran nuclear talks as ‘good start’

China has hailed the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, saying it will lay the foundation for “a good start for negotiations” on a long-term agreement.

“This round of talks will help maintain the momentum of dialogue. It also laid a good foundation for negotiation on a comprehensive agreement,” China Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said on Friday.

The three-day talks between Iran and the six world powers – the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – ended in Vienna on February 20.

The talks in Vienna came after the two sides clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva in November 2013. The deal took effect on January 20.

Hua also stated that all countries involved in the talks showed willingness to address each other’s concerns in a bid to clear the way for a comprehensive agreement to be reached in the next round of talks scheduled for March 17.

In a joint press conference with EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “We had three fruitful and extensive working days and both sides have the feeling that it was a good start for the difficult task we have ahead.”

Ashton, for her part, said, “We had three very productive days during which we identified all the issues we need to address (to reach a final agreement). There is a lot to do. It won’t be easy but we’ve made a good start.”

By Press TV

 

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