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Wang Yi: The Agreement Between the P5+1 and Iran Should be Properly Implemented
2014-01-09

When asked about the Iranian nuclear issue in his recent exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated that the agreement reached by the P5+1 and Iran on the Iranian nuclear issue has removed the most urgent concern of the international community and what matters now is to properly implement the agreement.

Wang Yi pointed out that China has always maintained normal and friendly relations with other countries on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. China enjoys friendly relations with Arab countries and at the same time maintain normal state-to-state relations with Iran. China's position on the Iranian nuclear issue has been a clear-cut and firm one, namely, opposing Iran's efforts to develop and possess nuclear weapons and supporting the establishment of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. China has participated in the negotiation process on the Iranian nuclear issue. After 10 years of negotiation, the P5+1 and Iran have recently reached the first agreement in Geneva, making the first step toward a peaceful solution, which indeed has not come easily. This agreement, although an initial one, sets the necessary restrictions on Iran's nuclear program, thus removing the most urgent concern of the international community. What matters now is to properly implement the agreement. The six-month Geneva nuclear agreement will test the ability of Iran and the other parties to fulfill their responsibilities and obligations in real earnest. At the same time, it is imperative to lose no time in pushing ahead with the negotiations in order to reach a final agreement that provides a comprehensive and once-and-for-all solution to the issue, which is the only way to eliminate the issue for good. That will benefit both Iran and the region as a whole.

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