China calls for Iranian nuclear discussion

The Chinese government announced on Wednesday that it is eager to continue peaceful nuclear negotiations through multilateral dialogue with Iran.

Iran currently does not have access to weapons of mass destruction and has signed treaties that repudiate the possession of WMDs. Iran, however, has continued to press forward efforts in the nuclear field, which has sparked concern in the international community.

Heavy water, a needed element in nuclear weapons, was recently rumored to be in Iran. The claims are not verified and Iran continues to deny any attempts to create nuclear weapons.

In April, Iranian delegates joined officials from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council in another round of nuclear negotiations. These talks took place in Kazakhstan and did not lead to significant progress.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying recently said Beijing is eager to make advancements on nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Iran's new president, former Iranian nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani, said his government would show greater transparency on nuclear issues but would not give up nuclear research in a recent statement.

Hua responded by saying dialogue with the new Iranian government is the only way to reach a peaceful, long-term solution to the nuclear issue.