Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's on Focus of Diplomacy with Iran (Excerpts)

February 25, 2010

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Q: Recently Russia stated its opposition to tough financial and energy sanctions against Iran. Does China agree with Russia's position? Second question, during the visit of the Israeli security delegation, will China talk about the details of sanctions against Iran with the Israeli side?

A: On the Iranian nuclear issue, China believes that the diplomatic means haven't been exhausted and there is still room for dialogue and negotiation. We hope all parties bear in mind the overall interest, enhance communication and maintain the momentum of dialogue and negotiation for a further step toward a peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We are of the view that the key to easing the current situation is to solve the fuel supply for the Tehran Research Reactor as soon as possible. Second, it is important to resume talks between the P5 plus one and Iran at an early date. China will stay in communication and coordination with all parties concerned to play its due role.

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