China welcomes Iran’s nuclear weapon ban stance

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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