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China welcomes Iran's nuclear weapon ban stance

(People's Daily Online)

08:18, January 17, 2013

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei held a press conference on January 16, 2013.(Photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

Key Words:Foreign Ministry; Hong Lei; nuclear weapons; press briefing; Iran

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BEIJING, Jan. 16 (People's Daily Online) -- China said on Wednesday it welcomes and attaches importance to Iran's latest stance of banning development of nuclear weapons.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a daily press briefing here.

Hong said that Iran is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. "We hope that all relevant parties can enhance talks and cooperation, increase mutual trust, and seek a comprehensive, long-term and proper solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, with progress as soon as possible."

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that a religious decree (fatwa), issued earlier by the country's supreme leader, regarding a ban on nuclear weapons is binding for the Islamic republic, and that it is ready to register it as an "international document."

The Iranian spokesman's comments came a day before the new round of talks between Iran and a delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Tehran.

In February 2012, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said the country considers seeking and acquiring nuclear arms as a "sin."

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