Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Regular Press Conference (Excerpts)

November 11, 2013

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

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Q: First, what is China's comment on the just concluded dialogue between the P5+1 and Iran. What role has China played during the dialogue? What is China's position on the outlined deal proposed during the Geneva dialogue? France rejected it, while the UK and Russia seemed to deem it as acceptable. Second, Iran insisted that as a party to the Non Proliferation Treaty, it should have the right to enrich uranium. Does China have a position on that? Third, US lawmakers have been saying that they would push through legislations to tighten sanctions on Iran, so as to force a complete stop to Iran's oil trade. If such legislation is enacted, how would China response?

A: On your first question, the latest round of dialogue held in Geneva between the P5+1 and Iran on the Iranian nuclear issue was very arduous but also very serious. We believe progress has been made in the dialogue, as all parties expressed the activeness to solve problems and mutual understanding was enhanced, consensus expanded and differences narrowed down. However, ice of three feet is not frozen in a single day. Given its complexity, negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue between the P5+1 and Iran have lasted for ten straight years. The issue cannot be solved overnight.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong attended this round of dialogue, during which he emphasized that the dialogue and negotiation themselves are a confidence-building process and that all parties should continue to promote mutual trust, expand consensus and narrow differences through dialogue and consultation on the basis of the existing dialogues. China always advocates the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue and consultation, upholds an objective and fair position and actively promotes peace talks. China will continue to maintain communication and coordination with relevant parties and make unremitting efforts to peacefully resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through political and diplomatic means.

On your second question, China always maintains that all countries are entitled to the peaceful use of nuclear energy and that rights should go hand in hand with obligations. Relevant countries should fulfill their obligations of nuclear non-proliferation and accept the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

On your third question, I want to emphasize that China always opposes the the imposition of sanctions by a country based upon its domestic law against another country and will by no means accept the imposition of such sanctions on any third party. I want to point out that the business interactions and energy cooperation between China and Iran, which are normal and in conformity with the international law, neither violate relevant UN resolutions nor harm the interests of other parties. Such cooperation is open, transparent and legal.

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