Beijing: China on Thursday underlined the need for
diplomacy and negotiation to solve the row over Iran`s nuclear
programme as it was ready to play its role to end the
"To achieve a comprehensive long-term solution, China is
willing to stay in communication and consultation with all
parties and play our due role in promoting peaceful talks,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told at a media briefing.
Asked about reports from UN that China, along with
Russia, is pressing Iran to scale down its nuclear programme
to avoid UN sanctions, Qin said China wants "proper resolution
of this issue through diplomatic means, dialogue and
negotiations and this is the best way out, which suits the
interests of all parties so as to ensure peace and stability
in that region."
"Only peaceful negotiations and diplomatic means can
yield good results and we always say that we have to achieve a
balance between input and output.
We have to bear that in mind so that the concerns of all
parties should be taken into consideration to support
international nuclear non-proliferation and regional peace and
security and stability to enhance mutual trust and
flexibility," he said.
Earlier, media reports quoted British UN Ambassador Mark
Lyall Grant as saying that Beijing seems to be ready for
serious discussions on new sanctions against Iran.
"My understanding is that they have agreed to engage
substantively," he was quoted in the media today as saying.
China steadfastly opposed sanctions against Iran. Russia,
a staunch supporter of Iran said it is readiness for limited
sanctions against Iran.