China urges talks on Iran nuclear issue

Updated: 2012-02-10 17:34


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BEIJING - China has the desire to work with relevant parties to realize the early resumption of dialogue between Iran and a group of six international mediators, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

Spokesman Liu Weimin made the remark at a daily press briefing when asked about China's views on boosting dialogue and negotiation in relation to Iran's nuclear issue.

At the invitation of Deputy Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Baqeri, Foreign Ministry Assistant Minister Ma Zhaoxu will visit Iran from February 12 to 13. The spokesman said Ma will exchange views with the Iranian side on nuclear issues.

China has been endeavoring to encourage peaceful negotiations, Liu said.

"We consistently stand for the opinion that dialogue and cooperation are the correct way to solve Iran's nuclear issue," Liu said.

The spokesman said it is urgent to relaunch the dialogue process between the group of six international mediators and Iran and promote cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran.