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Nuclear momentum

Posted May 28, 2012, at 5:06 p.m.

The talks between six world powers and Iran on its nuclear program mark the latest efforts by the international community to build on the recent momentum that has led to hopes of a peaceful solution to the longstanding issue.

The discussions, which began in Baghdad on Wednesday, follow the positive meeting between Iran and the P5+1 powers the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany on April 14 in Istanbul. All the parties concerned should show sincerity and exchange their views frankly so that the good momentum can be maintained.

China hopes the Baghdad talks will yield positive results and it is willing to play a constructive role and maintain smooth communication with all the parties to ensure further progress is made to resolve the crisis peacefully.

The Istanbul talks ended on a positive note, which eased the rising tension between Tehran and the US-led West that were teetering on the brink of armed confrontation. However, the US Senate’s approval of fresh sanctions against Iran on Monday adds new uncertainties to the relationship between the West and Iran.

The relevant parties must properly handle their differences so that they can build mutual trust, this means the parties should respect each other’s interests and accommodate each other’s concerns.

China Daily, Beijing (May 26)

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