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No one-stroke solution for Iran issue- China
November 11, 2013, 1:39 pm


The six nations and Iran agreed to meet again on November 20 at the conclusion of their talks [AP]

China said on Monday that despite progress made in Geneva, resolution to Iran’s controversial nuclear programme cannot be reached in a single move.

Iran and the so called P5+1 group – Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany – failed to produce an interim deal amid hyped expectations.

“However, as the six nations have been in talks with Iran for ten years, the Iranian nuclear issue is too complicated to be solved at one stroke,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also said on Monday he was hopeful a deal could be reached with Iran, despite reports that French reservations in Geneva dashed hopes of a deal.

“We are not far from an agreement with the Iranians, but we are not there yet,” Fabius said.

France refused to endorse the Geneva proposal saying it was not convinced that threats of an Iranian atom bomb have been negated.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Washington is not in a race to seal the deal.

“This is not a race to complete just any agreement,” Kerry said.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong who attended the talks, reiterated China’s position on the issue, saying it should be resolved via dialogue.

The six nations and Iran agreed to meet again on November 20 at the conclusion of their talks on Saturday.

The United Nations nuclear watchdog said it and Iran had signed a joint statement on cooperation to resolve remaining nuclear issues, including expanded monitoring.

“The practical measures will be implemented in the next three months, starting from today,” UN Nuclear Chief Yukiya Aman said in a news conference in Tehran.

Source: Agencies