China believes continued patience and joint efforts can help properly resolve Iran's nuclear issue within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at an early date, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday.
"China has always advocated that Iran's nuclear issue should be resolved through consultations and dialogues within the framework of the IAEA," said Zhang Yan, permanent representative of China to the UN and other international organizations in Vienna, at the IAEA's Board of Governors meeting.
The settlement of Iran's nuclear issue will contribute to strengthening the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, safeguarding and reinforcing the IAEA's role and credibility in the areas of international nuclear non-proliferation, Zhang said.
Besides, he said, the settlement will also contribute to assuring the rights of all countries, including Iran, in the areas of peaceful use of nuclear energy under strict safeguards.
Zhang said that China is prepared to work with all parties concerned and play a constructive role in realizing the goals.
The agreement reached between Iran and the three European Union countries of Britain, France and Germany early this month, and the resolution adopted by the IAEA Board of Governors a while ago, has laid a good foundation for solving Iran's nuclear issue, he added.