by Hu Yao
BEIJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- The unswerving efforts to secure a peaceful outcome on the Iranian nuclear issue yielded a welcoming and even exhilarating result Sunday.
Iran agreed to halt enrichment above 5 percent and neutralizing its stockpile of near-20 percent uranium by means of dilution or converting after it closed a first-step deal with the six major nations on its nuclear program, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a statement.
The ice-breaking result comes not as a surprise but a natural outcome of common wishes and hopes for a peaceful resolution shared by Iranian people and the international community as a whole.
Sincerity and mutual respect were widely viewed during the rounds of talks, when a proposal unveiled in March this year suggesting Iran suspend its enrichment of 20-percent uranium and disable the underground Fordow facility for limited sanctions relief, which received positive responses from all parties concerned.
China, as a major negotiator of the P5+1 group, has played a positive role and shouldered its due responsibility in striking the deal, which marks the first important step towards a solution to Iran's nuclear issue through diplomatic means.
And how to implement the agreement, which accommodates concerns of various parties concerned, will be the next key step to take.
For Iran, the modest stance of new President Hassan Rouhani created a benign environment to break the standoff over its nuclear program.
Rouhani said his country would try to be more transparent in its nuclear program to build confidence, sending a positive signal to the world.
On the other hand, the consistent efforts by the international communities to resort to talks also provide much room for a peaceful resolution.
The United States and its allies summoned courage to build mutual respect with Iran this time, and agreed to solve the issue through negotiations instead of sanctions.
U.S. President Barack Obama said after the new agreement was reached that the United States will refrain from imposing new sanctions. But the sanctions imposed on Iran for developing nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program as accused by Western countries, proved to be rigid and inflexible, hampering the needs and hopes for a peaceful resolution.
Suspects and misunderstandings did erupt at times during the talks, however Iran and the international community realize that peaceful means is the only way to bridge gaps and narrow differences.
Negotiators from Iran and the international community held rounds of talks in the past decade, a bumpy yet worthy process with an agreeable and open-for-talks attitudes shown from all sides.
The newly reached agreement, grasping the opportunity to strive for the best result of the dialogue, would lay the foundation for further dialogue and negotiations.
The signing of an envisioned comprehensive agreement as well as the implementation of those accords already reached needs greater sincerity and mutual respect from all parties concerned.
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