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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on the Outcomes of the Talks on the Iranian Nuclear Issue in Alma-Ata

2013/02/27

Q: Please brief us on the specifics of the talks. What topics have been covered and what are the outcomes of the talks?

A: The talks have yielded positive results. The two sides had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on how to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue with a constructive attitude and agreed to hold an expert-level meeting and a new round of talks in the near future for further discussions on relevant proposal.

This round of talks takes the first step on the path of launching a substantive negotiation on the Iranian nuclear issue and is conducive to resolving the issue through dialogue and negotiation.

Q: What has China recently done for relevant dialogue and negotiation on the Iranian nuclear issue?

A: China remains committed to promoting peace talks. We joined in the P5 plus one mechanism in 2006 and have participated in four rounds of talks between the P5 plus one countries and Iran as well as one expert-level meeting since last year. We have been in close communication with all major parties, encouraging them to be flexible and practical and accommodate each other's concerns in a bid to find a solution. We also made specific proposals on how to narrow differences and build up consensus. China's constructive role has been appreciated by relevant parties.

Q: What is China's expectation of the talks and negotiations in the future?

A: There is still a long way to go for the comprehensive, long-term and proper settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue. We hope relevant parties could increase confidence, show further sincerity and flexibility and intensify dialogue and negotiation for an early progress of the talks on the Iranian nuclear issue. China will continue to play a constructive role to this end together with all parties.

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