Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu on Iranian Nuclear Issues (Excerpts)

September 29, 2009

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Q: Since acknowledging its second uranium enrichment plant, Iran has also launched several test missiles. Does China have any response to that? And can you tell us what expectations will China have at the P5+1 meeting with Iran on Thursday in Geneva?

A: Our position on the current Iranian nuclear issue and situation in the region is that we support maintaining the international non-proliferation regime and stand for a proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through negotiation so as to safeguard regional peace and stability. We hope that relevant parties can contribute more to easing the tension and solving the issue rather than the contrary. A proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue is in the interests of all parties. We hope the Geneva meeting can generate positive results.

Q: Who will attend the meeting between the six countries and Iran from the Chinese side? My second question is about the visit of US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg in China. Which Chinese officials will he meet with and what topics will be discussed?

A: Mr. Cheng Jingye, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will head the Chinese delegation to the Geneva meeting.

On your second question, US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg is visiting Beijing now. Vice Foreign Ministers Wang Guangya, Wu Dawei and He Yafei met with him separately this morning. Vice President Xi Jinping, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will meet with him this afternoon. The military will release information on his meetings there. The two sides will exchange views on China-US relations and issues of common interest.

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Q: During Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to the DPRK, will he directly raise the issue of resuming the Six-party Talks to the DPRK? Second question, do you think Iran's construction of a second uranium enrichment plant has breached relevant UN Security Council resolutions on sanctions against Iran?

A: On your first question, we hope that relevant parties can all make positive efforts to promote the course of the denuclearization of the Peninsula. We believe that the Korean Peninsular nuclear issue should be solved through dialogue and consultation. The Six-Party Talks is an effective and practical way to solve the issue.

On your second question, we hope that relevant parties can contribute to easing the tension and solving the problem, not the other way around.

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