Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying held a press conference on October 17, 2013.
Q: Iran and P5+1 countries concluded their meeting in Geneva with a joint statement. During the meeting, a new proposal was presented by Iran on solving the nuclear issue. What is China's comment on this round of talks?
A: The new round of talks between P5+1 countries and Iran was held in Geneva on October 15 and 16, bringing together senior representatives from P5+1 countries and the Iranian Foreign Minister. The Iranian side came up with a new thought of talks, and participants to the meeting had a serious discussion on the new proposal presented by Iran on solving the Iranian nuclear issue. It is decided that detailed discussions will be held during next round of talks in Geneva on November 7 and 8.
China always believes that to solve the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation is in the interests of all parties. This round of talks offers a new opportunity to the proper resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation. Relevant parties should seize the opportunity, be flexible and practical, accommodate each other's concerns and carry out substantive negotiations, so as to make headway at an early date.
China, who is committed to promoting talks for the peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue, will continue taking an active part in the talks between P5+1 countries and Iran and playing a constructive role for the peaceful settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through political and diplomatic means.