Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:15AM
Chinese Foreign Ministry has once more insisted on continued dialogues to resolve the Western impasse over Iran’s nuclear energy program and pledged Beijing’s commitment for a diplomatic solution to the issue, Press TV reports. Speaking at a press briefing in Beijing following the latest round of talks between Iranian and P5+1 negotiators in Moscow, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei called on all parties involved in the negotiations to maintain the positive momentum during the negotiation to resolve differences. "China will work with other parties to continue to play its due role in the pursuit of a peaceful and political solution for the Iranian nuclear issue," he said. The latest round of multifaceted talks between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) was held in the Russian capital on June 18 and 19. Iran’s nuclear energy program topped the agenda of the negotiations in which Tehran insisted that the P5+1 recognize the country’s right to enrich uranium and lift unilateral sanctions against the country. “It seems Western powers are not prepared to recognize Iran’s right to peaceful use of nuclear energy. Yet, while there is no proof that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, there is plenty of proof that Israel has many. If you are really after a nuclear-free Middle East this double standard is a serious obstacle,” says Wu Bingbing, a Peking University expert. Like their government, Chinese experts are optimistic that a commitment to continued dialogue can help build trust between Iran and the six powers. The experts also argue that the West’s double standard regarding the stipulations of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is another obstacle to progress. The NPT guarantees its signatories, including Iran, the right to a civilian nuclear program, including uranium enrichment. MFB/GHN/MA