Wednesday, August 03, 2005

China urges Iran, EU to be patient in nuclear dealings

China urges Iran, EU to be patient in nuclear dealings -

BEIJING (AFX) - China urged Iran and the European Union today to be patient in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program, saying it hopes the issue can be resolved through diplomacy.

'What has been achieved so far is hard-won. China hopes the two sides will adhere to the Paris Agreement and International Atomic Energy Agency Council resolution and remain patient to maintain the negotiation process,' foreign ministry spokesman Kong Quan said.

'China supports continued diplomatic efforts to properly settle the Iran nuclear issue within the International Atomic Energy Agency framework at an early date,' he said in a statement on the ministry's website.

Both the United States and European Union reiterated yesterday that a breakdown of negotiations would likely prompt them to refer Iran to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

China, a permanent member of the Security Council, opposes sanctions.


Blogger MPH said...

Iran has declared that it will resume nuclear conversion at Esfahan within one or two days. Europe has requested an emergency meeting of the IAEA to pressure Iran not to resume nuclear fuel cycle work. Israel is pressuring Ukraine to demand from Iran the 12 nuclear-capable X-55 cruise missiles that were smuggled there four years ago.

All of this is happening as the talks with North Korea are drawing to a crucial, and so far unpredictable, end.

So is World War III imminent? Hardly.

Over reaction is exactly what these unlikely allies are fishing for. The coincidence of declared threats by both countries is a bit too convenient. By cranking the nuclear threat pressure simultaneously, both North Korea and Iran are hoping to walk away with the most handouts.


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