|China encourages Iran, IAEA to continue nuclear talks||
TEHRAN – China has welcomed the latest meeting between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and hopes for further dialogue between the two parties, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
Yukiya Amano, head of the UN atomic watchdog, and Abbas Araqchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator, held a meeting in Vienna on Monday to discuss ways to resolve questions about Iran’s nuclear program. Araqchi said the meeting was "very useful and constructive."
At a daily news briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said, "We encourage the agency and Iran to further step up dialogue and cooperation."
The Chinese side hopes the IAEA and Iran will play constructive roles in pushing ahead with negotiations to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue in a peaceful way, Hua said.
"At present, all sides concerned should grasp the opportunities for dialogue, and seek common ground while resolving disputes in pursuit of new progress at an early date to create favorable conditions for resolving the Iranian nuclear issue in a comprehensive, long-term and appropriate way," added the spokeswoman.
The United States, Israel, and a few of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
However, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
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