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Q: In the negotiations between Iran and the P5 plus Germany, a plan by the IAEA was proposed under which Iran will swap 1200 kg of lowly-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. In response, the Iranian Foreign Minister proposed on December 12 that Iran will swap 400 kg of enriched uranium for nuclear fuel. How does China view the proposal of Iran's Foreign Minister?
A: China supports the efforts of the parties concerned in reaching an early agreement on the draft accord proposed by the former IAEA Director General Mohamed El Baradei. On December 22, China, the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and Germany held a telephone conference during which they exchanged views on the current situation of the Iranian nuclear issue. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei attended the meeting. We believe that the pressing task now is that all parties concerned should step up diplomatic efforts, maintain and push forward the process of dialogue and negotiation to seek a comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.
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Q: There is a deadline by the end of this year for Iran to swap lowly-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel, or face more sanctions. What's China position's on this?
A: On the Iranian nuclear issue, we have always stood for a proper settlement through diplomatic negotiations. We believe that sanctions cannot address the issue from the root. The immediate priority for all parties is that they should continue to step up diplomatic efforts and adhere to the track of negotiation.
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