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China expects progress from fresh round Iran nuke talks

Updated: Dec 16,2014 8:35 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China on Dec 16 expressed optimism for the new round of Iran nuclear talks which will begin in Geneva on Dec 17, vowing to play a constructive role in promoting a comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Wang Qun, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s department of arms control, will head the Chinese delegation to the talks, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang at a regular press briefing.

Iran and the world powers have agreed to extend the talks until June 30, 2015, giving more time and room for maneuver, Qin said.

He urged parties concerned preserve the momentum of negotiations, find a consensus in a step-by-step and reciprocal way, striving for a mutually-beneficial and comprehensive nuclear deal as soon as possible.

After the deal between Iran and the P5+1 group on Nov 24, 2013, several rounds of talks have failed to work out a comprehensive agreement. Under the interim deal, Iran will suspend some sensitive nuclear activities in exchange for limited relief of sanctions.