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China renews support for Iran's nuclear rights

Iran Materials 9 March 2013 03:10
China once again said that Iran has the right to access peaceful nuclear technology since Tehran is a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), FNA reported.
China renews support for Iran's nuclear rights

China once again said that Iran has the right to access peaceful nuclear technology since Tehran is a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), FNA reported.

"We (Chinese) believe that Iran, as a signatory of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, possesses the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes while following relevant international obligations," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Thursday.

She added that blind sanctions will not help to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue and the use of force is even more unacceptable.

Hua insisted on "dialogue and negotiations" as the only way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.

Earlier, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Wang Min had said that Beijing calls for negotiations and diplomacy to resolve the Western standoff over Iran's nuclear energy program.

He underlined Beijing's opposition to the US-led unilateral sanctions against Iran over its nuclear energy program.

"China is always firmly against use or threat of use of force. We are not in favor of putting excessive pressure or new sanctions against Iran," Wang said on Wednesday addressing a Security Council meeting.

"China is firmly opposed to the unilateral sanctions took by some countries, which expanded the range of sanctions and damaged the interests and legitimate rights of other countries," he added.

"All parties concerned should strengthen contacts with stronger confidence, show their flexibility and sincerity to promote the dialogue process, in order to create the conditions for reaching a comprehensive, long-term and proper solution to the Iranian nuclear issue," he said.

Iran and six world powers last week agreed on further meetings after two days of talks in Kazakhstan, the first since negotiations broke down in June, 2012.


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