Beijing Youth Daily: On April 11, a spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that an "accident" related to the electrical system had occurred at the country's Natanz nuclear facility. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the AEOI condemned the strike as "nuclear terrorism". What's your comment on this?
Zhao Lijian: China strongly condemns the sabotage on the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran. We firmly oppose attacks on nuclear facilities, which is a grave issue and can bring unpredictable and inestimable consequences.
China stands firmly for a political settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means. The Iranian nuclear situation is now at a critical juncture. What's imperative is to bring the JCPOA back on track at an early date and safeguard legitimate and lawful rights and interests of all parties. We hope all sides can create enabling atmosphere and necessary conditions for this.
AFP: What is China's response to Iran's announcement that it will step up its uranium enrichment to 60% purity?
Zhao Lijian: The Iranian nuclear issue is at a critical juncture. China urges all relevant parties to stay cool-headed and exercise restraint, stick to consensus on upholding the JCPOA and refrain from taking actions that will escalate tensions. The pressing task now is to work for the unconditional return of the US to the deal and revocation of all relevant sanctions, so as to create conditions for bringing the deal back on track.