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China supports Iran-EU3 nuclear talks

Beijing, Jan 10, IRNA-Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kong Quan on Tuesday said that Iran's nuclear issue should be resolved within the framework of the UN nuclear watchdog. Speaking to the media, he added that the most important and fundamental matter at the present time is to pursue Iran-EU talks.

"The issue is currently of high interest to various parties and the international community. China will do its best to contribute to finding a proper and practical way to settle the issue," he noted.

He declared his country's support for Iran-EU3 talks and expressed the will of Chinese officials to play a positive role in this respect.

"China is currently discussing the matter with various parties and is attempting to materialize the interests of both sides," he said.

Hoping for resumption of negotiations between Iran and EU trio and a positive outcome, Quan said that the talks should proceed properly.

In response to a question about the topics brought up at the UN Security Council meeting about Iran's nuclear dossier and whether China had a role in it, the spokesman refrained from revealing the details.

"The concerned parties should be honest and exercise patience to settle Iran's nuclear issue," he said.

Quan referred to the meetings of the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Mehdi Safari with high-ranking Chinese officials on Monday and said that the issue was discussed thoroughly.

"Meanwhile, China's approach to Iran's nuclear activities, was explained at the meetings," he added.

On Monday Safari conferred with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and Deputy Foreign Minister for International Affairs Zhang Ye Sui and some other high-ranking officials on various issues.

In addition to Iran's nuclear dossier, matters of mutual concern as well as regional and international developments were on the agenda of Monday meetings.

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