Monday Jun 23, 201401:16 PM GMT
Rouhani urges more China efforts in nuclear talks
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has urged China to play a more active role in the course of Iran’s nuclear talks with six world powers.

At a Monday meeting with China’s new ambassador to Iran, Pang Sen, Rouhani pointed to the long history of “valuable cooperation” between Tehran and Beijing in the field of peaceful nuclear energy.

“Today, we call for greater efforts by this country (China) within the framework of Iran’s negotiations with the P5+1 (permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), so that the two sides can achieve a final comprehensive agreement,” he added.

Pang, for his part, noted that China has always supported Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) regulations.

The Chinese diplomat reiterated China’s opposition to unilateral sanctions and assured Rouhani that Beijing will support Tehran’s positions in the nuclear talks with the Sextet – the US, the UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia.

Iran and the six countries have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The two sides inked an interim accord in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 23, 2013.

On June 18, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the two sides had started drafting a final deal despite the outstanding “fundamental” differences, adding that if the other side showed political will, a comprehensive accord could be reached.

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