Iran’s President Hassan Rohani (R) and Chinese Culture Minister Cai Wu meet in Tehran on August 5, 2013.
Chinese Culture Minister Cai Wu says Beijing believes “negotiations” are the only solution to resolving the nuclear issue.
China believes that dialog and not sanctions and pressure is the only solution to Iran’s nuclear issue, Cai said in a meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rohani in Tehran on Monday.
As a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a member state of the P5+1 group of world powers, China has always supported Iran's right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes and stressed that negotiations are the right approach to addressing the dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.
Cai, who is in Tehran to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Rohani, expressed hope that the two countries’ relations would reach the highest level in the future.
The Iranian president also said that China has important role in the international scene as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
”The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the expansion of ties and broad relations between Tehran and Beijing will guarantee the two nations’ interests,” Rohani said.
Iran’s new president took the oath of office on Sunday, one day after being endorsed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
During his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, Rohani called on Western governments to stop using the language of sanctions to address the Islamic Republic.
“I say candidly that if you want a proper response, speak to Iran not with the language of sanctions but with the language of respect,” he stated.
The new chief executive noted that the only way for interaction with Iran is “dialog on equal footing, mutual confidence-building, mutual respect and reduction of hostilities.”
The West, led by the United States, accuses Iran of following non-civilian purposes in its nuclear energy program.
Iran has vehemently rejected the allegation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.