China optimistic about future of Iran nuclear talks

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – China urges all negotiating parties to work together to facilitate a political decision on Iran’s nuclear program as the talks reach a crucial juncture, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday.

“We can already see the light at the end of the tunnel” despite some uncertainty still clouding over the prospect of the negotiations, Wang said at a press conference on the sidelines of China’s annual parliamentary session.

The negotiations have reached a critical point, Wang said, urging the relevant parties, especially the protagonists, to make a political decision as soon as possible.

China is an important party to the negotiations, and has made positive contribution to resolving difficult issues and sticking points, Wang was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

“We are prepared to work with other relevant parties to finish the marathon talks on Iran nuclear issue at an early date,” he added.

Wang also said the possible impact of the Iran nuclear talks will go far beyond the negotiation itself.

The comprehensive settlement of the Iran nuclear issue will help to strengthen the international system against nuclear proliferation, promote peace and tranquility in the Middle East, and provide useful experience for resolving major difficult issues through negotiations, he said.

The remarks came as Iran is in talks with the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) to hammer out a final agreement to end more than a decade of impasse over Tehran’s civilian nuclear energy program.

The latest round of talks came to an end in Switzerland on Thursday with the aim of narrowing down the remaining differences ahead of a deadline for a final agreement by June 30.

By Tasnim News Agency