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22 March 2012 - 21:31

China has once again called for ‘constructive’ measures and the resumption of a ‘sustainable’ dialogue between Iran and the major world powers (P5+1).

"China hopes all parties concerned will narrow down their differences, adopt constructive measures, launch sustainable dialogue at an early date, actively explore comprehensive, long- term and proper solutions for Iranian nuclear problem," China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Wang Min said on Wednesday in an address to a Security Council meeting.

He added that Iran and the P5+1 - China, Russia, France, the US, Britain and Germany - have expressed their readiness to hold ‘faithful dialogue,’ Xinhua reported.

“The process of solving Iranian nuclear issue through dialogue has shown positive momentum,” he stated.

Wang pointed to the “profound changes,” which are currently underway in the Middle East, and highlighted the importance of safeguarding regional peace and stability and avoiding bigger turbulence in the region.

These are in line with the common interests of all parties and also the shared expectation of the international community as well, the Chinese official said.

"Against such backdrop, it is of more pragmatic importance to be firmly committed to dialogue and negotiations in order to properly solve the Iranian nuclear issue," said Wang.

The Chinese diplomat called on Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to “further enhance dialogue and cooperation on the current basis and resolve the pending issues as soon as possible.”

He urged the implementation of the UN Security Council’s resolutions “in an earnest, comprehensive and accurate way” but insisted that sanctions are not the purpose of resolutions.

“Only through dialogue and cooperation can the Iranian nuclear issue be properly solved,” Wang emphasized.

The remarks came after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei denounced on Wednesday the US unilateral sanctions against the Iranian oil sector.

“China opposes any country implementing unilateral sanctions on another country according to its domestic law," Hong said at a daily press briefing.

The US and EU have imposed a series of financial and oil sanctions against Iran since the beginning of 2012, alleging that the country’s nuclear energy program may have a military aspect.

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