Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei's Remarks on IAEA Report (Excerpts)

November 9, 2011

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Q: What is China's position on the latest report on the Iranian nuclear issue that will be released by the IAEA? Does China approve of imposing severer sanctions on Iran? It is said that countries like Israel will compel Iran to suspend its nuclear program by launching attacks. What is China's comment?

A: China has been closely following the developments of the Iranian nuclear issue. First, I want to stress that China opposes the proliferation of nuclear weapons and disapproves of the development of nuclear weapons by any Middle East country. As a member to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Iran undertakes the international obligation of nuclear non-proliferation. Second, China always maintains that the Iranian nuclear issue should be appropriately addressed through dialogue and cooperation. The P5+1 countries' serious and pragmatic dialogue with Iran and the IAEA's cooperation with the Iranian side is the correct approach to the comprehensive, long-term and appropriate settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. The IAEA should be actively committed to clarifying relevant issues through cooperation with the Iranian side from an objective and just perspective. The Iranian side should also show flexibility and sincerity and conduct cooperation with the Agency earnestly. Third, China firmly opposes the use or the threat of force in international affairs. It is imperative now to prevent any new turbulence in the security situation of the Middle East, which serves the common interests of the Middle East region and the international community. Having a high sense of responsibility in maintaining the international non-proliferation regime as well as peace and stability in the Middle East, China will keep in touch with relevant parties and the IAEA, steadfastly press ahead with the dialogue and cooperation on the Iranian nuclear issue and play a constructive role in peacefully resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means. We also hope all relevant parties and the international community pull together for the same goal.

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