Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu on the Iranian Nuclear Issue and the Indictment of a Chinese Company (Excerpts)

April 9, 2009

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Q: The US indicted a Chinese company of helping Iran buy nuclear materials, how do you comment? Former French Prime Minister Raffarin said that Chinese leaders might visit France this year, could you confirm? Will more French leaders visit China in the coming days?

A: On your first question, we have noted relevant reports. China's policy on non-proliferation is explicit. We exercise strict and effective export control in accordance with our laws and regulations. Any individual and company involved in illegal exports will be seriously dealt with according to law. However, we are firmly against any sanction imposed by the US relevant authorities against Chinese companies pursuant to its domestic law.

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Q: At the just-concluded London meeting of Director-Generals on the Iranian nuclear issue, the six countries agreed that the EU send a representative to conduct dialogue with Iran. When will the dialogue begin? What's China's expectation for that?

A: As you just said, the political Director-Generals' meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue was just concluded in London. Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi took part as China's representative. We are glad to see the US improving its ties with Iranand supportive of efforts in seeking a proper resolution of this issue through dialogue and negotiations. We encourage Iran to make proactive contact with other parties for a comprehensive, long-term and proper resolution of the issue.

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