UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese ambassador on Thursday reiterated that dialogue and negotiation are the only viable approach to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, which is also in line with the common interests of all parties.
Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, made the remarks at a meeting on the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737, which was adopted in 2006 to impose sanctions on Iran for failure to halt uranium enrichment.
Liu said that China welcomed the agreement reached by Iran and the P5+1 group last month, hailing it as "a significant first step in the process of the diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue."
The deal "has once again proved that dialogue and negotiation is the only viable approach to properly resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, and is in line with the common interests of all parties," he said.
China hopes that the all parties will implement the agreement properly, maintain a good momentum of dialogue and negotiation, and make progress towards comprehensive, long-term and thorough settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue, Liu said.
Expressing support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Chinese ambassador noted that "sanction is only a means, not the purpose of the resolution."
"At present, the Committee should focus on the overall situation and long-term goal of the Iranian nuclear issue, and support the diplomatic settlement process," Liu said.
As a permanent member of the Security Council and a member of the Iranian nuclear issue dialogue mechanisms, China has always maintain an objective, impartial and responsible position, actively promoted peace talks, and played a significant role in advancing the dialogue process, the envoy said.
"China will adhere to the general direction of a political solution, continue to work with all parties, and make unremitting efforts for the ultimate solution to the Iranian nuclear issue," he said.
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