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China, France to continue talks on Iran's nuclear issue

Beijing, Oct 26, IRNA-In a common statement issued by China and France on Thursday, both countries urged the need to continue their attempts towards solving Iran's nuclear issue peacefully.

The statement was issued after the Chinese President Hu Jintao conferred with his French counterpart, Jacque Chirac, in Beijing on Iran's nuclear activities.

The statement said that as two members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), China and France will continue their talks with Iran and attempt to solve the issue.

Meanwhile, according to the released document, both sides urged that the European Union (EU) should lift the ban on selling weapons to China imposed in 1989.

"Both sides called on EU to recognize officially the full position of China's market economy.

"Besides, both presidents underlined that given expansion of China-EU ties in various domains, China's nuclear sanction should not continue, given it is not constructive," said the statement.

It noted that at the meeting, strategic ties between China and the European Union were also on the agenda of talks, adding that they both underlined that trade arguments between them should be solved through negotiations based on equal rights and in accordance with the World Trade Organization (WTO) laws.

The statement also urged the need to bolster communications and cooperation within the framework of UNSC to solve regional problems.

"Both parties expressed their satisfaction with participation of the UN forces in establishment of stability in Lebanon and hoped that the conflicts in the region will be solved completely," it said.

According to the statement, China and France also referred to North Korea's nuclear issue and expressed their concern about its recent nuclear test, adding that they called on the international community to strengthen the nuclear weapons disarmament treaty.

"Besides they called on North Korea to comply with its commitments to free the Korean peninsula from nuclear weapons. They also hoped that the six-party negotiations on the issue will soon resume in Beijing and that the matter will eventually be solved," said the statement.

The statement said that the two countries agreed to continue their close cooperation towards establishment of peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and making it free from nuclear weapons.

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