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China calls Iran nuclear talks ‘constructive’
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_famous_02_am32.jpgTEHRAN – The head of the Chinese delegation present in the talks over Iran’s nuclear program in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has described the talks as “constructive” and “significant.”
 
In a statement published on China’s Foreign Ministry website on Tuesday, Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said that for the first time the two parties conducted sincere, in-depth and substantive discussions to achieve a solution on Iran’s nuclear issue. 
 
He also said that the two sides have common concerns while differences still exist.
 
Ma pointed out that China hopes that all relevant parties will make efforts to pave the ground for reaching to a comprehensive and long-term solution to the issue by narrowing the gaps and gradually developing a consensus.
 
China is committed to diplomatic talks and is ready to work with all sides to make continued and constructive efforts toward that end, he added. 
 
During the Almaty meeting, Ma also met with representatives of the United States, Russia, Iran, and France.
 
Over two days of talks in Almaty on April 5 and 6, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany – known as the P5+1 – offered to ease some sanctions in return for Iranian concessions on its 20 percent uranium enrichment program, which lies at the heart of the controversy. 
 
Iran says its nuclear activities are entirely peaceful and insists that its right to uranium enrichment, as enumerated in the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, must be recognized.
 
MT/PA

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