China welcomes historic deal on Iran`s nuclear programme

China on Sunday welcomed the historic deal on Iran`s nuclear programme as the first important step towards finding a diplomatic solution to the vexed issue that will help maintain the world`s non-proliferation system.

PTI| Updated: Nov 24, 2013, 23:13 PM IST

Beijing: China on Sunday welcomed the historic deal on Iran`s nuclear programme as the first important step towards finding a diplomatic solution to the vexed issue that will help maintain the world`s non-proliferation system.

"China welcomes the agreement and appreciates the flexible and pragmatic attitudes of all parties during the negotiations, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who took part in the P5+1 talks in Geneva, said.

"The deal will help maintain the world`s non-proliferation system and peace and stability in the Middle East, favour normal activities of all parties with Iran, and better the life of the Iranian people," Wang was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

After days of intensive talks, Iran and representatives of the P5+1 group of nations - the US, the UK, Russia, China, France and Germany - today reached the landmark agreement.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to provide better access to inspectors and halt some of its work on uranium enrichment in return for no new nuclear-related sanctions for six months.

After 10 years of efforts, especially tough negotiations in the past days, six countries and Iran finally reached an important agreement, which marked the first step towards a diplomatic solution to Tehran`s nuclear programme, Wang said.

He emphasised that the content of the agreement covered the concerns of all parties and the next key step is its implementation.

Wang said the fact proved that a proper solution could be found no matter how tough an issue is, as long as all parties adhere to dialogue, keep patience and demonstrate goodwill.

Sticking to a political solution to Iran`s nuclear issue, China will continue to work together with all parties toward an eventual solution, he said.