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China stresses diplomatic solution to Iran nuclear issue

[ 2010-02-24 14:47]     字号 [] [] []  
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China yesterday reiterated that the Iranian nuclear issue should be solved through enhanced diplomatic efforts, amid international pressure to push for a fourth round of sanctions against Iran.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang addressed the first press briefing in Beijing after the Lunar New Year and said China had taken note of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report on the Iran nuclear issue and hopes "the Iranian side continues to cooperate with the IAEA on related issues."

In the report the IAEA said it was concerned about possible activity in Iran to develop a nuclear payload for a missile and confirmed that Iran's first batch of 20 percent highly enriched uranium had been produced, adding that the country had failed to give inspectors the required advance notice.

"China holds that the parties should continue to step up diplomatic efforts in a bid to maintain and promote the process of dialogue and negotiations," said Qin, "China hopes the parties demonstrate more flexibility and create conditions conducive to a comprehensive and proper solution to the Iran nuclear issue through diplomatic means."

Western powers suspect Iran of attempting to build nuclear weapons. But Teheran says its nuclear program is aimed at generating nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

The Teheran Times reported on Monday that the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) director Ali-Akbar Salehi said Iran plans to start building two new uranium enrichment facilities in the next Iranian calendar year which begins on March 21. Qin also told reporters Israeli Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon will come to China for a three-day visit tomorrow, and meet with State Councilor Dai Bingguo for discussions on bilateral ties, as well as regional and international issues.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

China stresses diplomatic solution to Iran nuclear issue

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China stresses diplomatic solution to Iran nuclear issue

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.