Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu on proposed U.N. Security Council Resolution on Iran in Regular Press Conference (Excerpts)

January 24, 2008

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Q:Do you have any comment on the six-nation Foreign Ministers' meeting on the Iranian nuclear issue in Berlin? Are you satisfied with the adopted draft resolution? Besides, is there any progress on the DPRK nuclear declaration? Has the energy aid from China been delivered to the DPRK?

A: The six countries reached consensus on the major elements of the draft resolution,which is the result of consultations and discussions by various parties. According to my knowledge, the draft urges various parties to intensify the diplomatic efforts and exert the will to resolve the issue through negotiation. It also welcomes the progress made by Iran and IAEA on resolving the pending issues and encourages the IAEA to continue its work. China calls on the parties concerned to strengthen diplomatic efforts, take initiative and be creative in finding the way to break the stalemate so as to resolve the issue comprehensively and properly.

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Q: On the Iranian nuclear issue. Does China believe that the six foreign ministers' meeting will be more effective, if Iran is invited?

A: The six foreign ministers have reached an agreement on the key elements of the draft resolution, which will be further discussed by all members of the Security Council. At this critical moment, we call upon relevant parties to enhance diplomatic efforts so as to seek a proper and all-round resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.

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