Iran asks for China’s more active role in N. talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his meetings with Chinese officials in Beijing called on China to play a more active role in the nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers.

“During the meetings, we discussed this issue that China can play a more active and remarkable role in settling Iran’s nuclear issue as well as implementation of certain measures after reaching a solution (to the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West),” Zarif said after holding separate meetings with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Friday.

The Iranian foreign minister was in China to participate an international forum on security and reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Also, during the meetings, different issues, including economic, political and international cooperation were discussed by the Iranian and Chinese officials.

“In these meetings, good decisions were made for promoting the relations at the highest levels as desired by the two countries’ leaders,” Zarif said.

Iran and the six major world powers ended their 8th round of nuclear negotiations in Vienna mid October.

The 7th round of talks between Iran and the G5+1 was held in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in September.

The two sides held six rounds of negotiations in Vienna to reach a comprehensive deal after they inked an interim agreement in Geneva on November 24.

The Geneva agreement took effect on January 20 and expired six months later on July 20. In July, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until November 24 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

In relevant remarks on Tuesday, China’s representative in the G5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) nuclear talks with Iran Wang Qun appreciated Tehran for its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors beyond expectations and its undertakings under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“Iran has hosted all IAEA inspectors and Iran has been committed to its undertakings more than all other countries which have singed the NPT, and this became more obvious specially after the 6-month (Geneva) agreement (between Tehran and the world powers),” Wang Qun, who also serves as director general of the department of arms control at China’s Foreign Ministry, said in a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader’s senior advisor Ali Akbar Velayati in Tehran.

He underlined that Iran has acted beyond expectations in a bid to resolve its nuclear dispute with the West.

Velayati, for his part, downplayed the effects of the US unilateral sanctions against Iran over its peaceful nuclear program, and said during the talks between Iranian and foreign officials, it came to be known that the foreign sides are also opposed to these embargos.

By Fars News Agency


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