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Iran: Dialogue proven better way to resolve Iran's nuclear issue


TEHRAN, (Xinhua): After a year of deadlock over Iran's nuclear talks, fresh negotiations concluded in a positive atmosphere Saturday, with Iran and the six world powers agreeing to meet again next month.

While no concrete deal was reached on Iran's uranium enrichment, both sides agreed to prepare a draft for discussion in the next round of talks, to be held in Baghdad on May 23.

The progress has proven that dialogue is a more feasible and better solution than military threats to resolving the nine-year deadlock over Iran's nuclear issue.

Tensions have been running high between Iran and the West since the collapse of previous talks held in January last year in Istanbul due to their divergence over the issue of Tehran's nuclear enrichment activity.

The ensuing sanctions and saber-rattling have done no good to bridge differences among concerned parties over the issue during the past 15 months.x At this new round of Istanbul talks, both sides adopted more pragmatic gestures, voicing their willingness to enter into dialogues, which has helped ease up the tensions a little bit.

In a major shift in its stance, Iran agreed to hold direct talks on its nuclear issue, which Tehran usually sees as its non-negotiable right. It refused to put the issue up for discussion in the last round of talks.

The West also softened its tone, saying they did not insist that Iran should suspend completely enrichment activities and agreed to hold talks within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which stipulated Iran's right to peaceful use of nuclear energy.

Despite the increasing likelihood of breaking the long-standing stalemate, the concerned parties should not expect the chronic crisis to be addressed at one go.

Priority should first be given to restoring and enhancing mutual trust. Both sides need to show more flexibility and understand each other's concerns instead of engaging in war of words.

Just as Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, who led the Chinese delegation in Saturday's nuclear talks, put it, Iran's nuclear issue is complex and sensitive, and cannot be solved at one go.

There might be bumpy roads ahead, but the related parties should enhance their confidence, stay patient, stick to the way of negotiations, and seek to bridge divisions through dialogues, he said.

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