Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu on IAEA Draft Agreement (Excerpts)

October 22, 2009

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Q: I have three questions. First, the consultation of relevant parties on the Iranian nuclear issue concluded on October 21. It's reported that the parties agreed to review the draft deal on nuclear fuel and Iran agreed in principle to transfer the production of enriched uranium abroad. What's China's position on the draft deal and will you support the deal? Secondly, at the last press conference, you mentioned that Chinese Premier and Indian Prime Minister will meet with each other on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit Meetings. Can you elaborate, such as what they will discuss? Thirdly, a human rights organization published a report saying that after the July 5 incident, dozens of Uygur suspects were missing. Can you confirm?

A: On your first question, from October 19 to 21, the IAEA, Iran, the U.S., Russia and France held in Vienna an expert-level consultation on the fuel supply of Tehran's research reactor. We noticed that the meeting made some headway. China welcomes the gradual implementation of the consensus reached in Geneva and will continue to play a constructive role in promoting the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation.

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