Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's on IAEA Iran Resolution (Excerpts)

December 2, 2009

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Q: China voted for the recent IAEA resolution on the Iranian nuclear issue. But Iran said that it will not renounce its right to peaceful use of nuclear energy. What's China's comment on the latest developments of the Iranian nuclear issue?

A: On November 27, the IAEA adopted the resolution on the Iranian nuclear issue which China voted for.

China's position on the Iranian nuclear issue has been consistent. We support the international non-proliferation regime and maintain that the issue should be solved through dialogue and negotiation and peace and stability of the Middle East should be taken into consideration. We believe that the IAEA adopted relevant resolution to push for the early resumption of dialogue and negotiation. Under the current circumstances, all parties should step up diplomatic efforts for a comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue.

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Q: Does China believe that fresh UN Security Council sanctions could play a role in promoting the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue? Second, over the weekend, representatives of several developing countries met in Beijing to discuss their position ahead of the Copenhagen Conference. Can you give us more details? What points did they agree on?

A: On the Iranian nuclear issue, we believe that under the current circumstances, all parties should step up diplomatic efforts for an early and comprehensive implementation of the consensus reached at the Geneva Meeting to keep the momentum of dialogue and negotiation and seek a comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. Sanctions are not the purpose. We should adhere to dialogue and negotiation for a proper settlement.

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