China expects that the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran can reach a consensus at the upcoming round of negotiations on the Iran nuclear problem, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said at a press conference on Wednesday.
"What is paramount in the course of negotiations is for all parties to stick to the consensus, focus on and narrow down differences, and seek a package solution to the focal issues of a comprehensive agreement," Hong said.
He called on all parties to seize the historical opportunity, show their political will and make political decisions.
"Together with other parties, China will continue to contribute to the negotiations constructively, and make positive efforts to ensure that a comprehensive agreement that is mutually beneficial and win-win to all can be reached as scheduled," he added.
The tenth round of negotiations between P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States as the permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) and Iran started in Vienna on Tuesday and will last until November 24, a deadline by which, according to an earlier understanding reached between P5+1 and Iran, the parties should conclude a comprehensive agreement on settling all issues related to the Iranian nuclear program.
The negotiators, however, are still not sure that they would be able to overcome all disagreements and work out a mutually acceptable document guaranteeing that the Iranian nuclear program is exceptionally civilian, which should lead to the lifting of all sanctions from Tehran.
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