China, Iran officials meet over nuclear talks

China has yet to say whether it will accept or decline an offer from Iran to tour its nuclear facilities, saying only that it had received the invitation.

China, Iran officials meet over nuclear talks

A senior Iranian official and top Chinese diplomats met to discuss Iran's nuclear programme on Wednesday, but there was no immediate sign China would accept or decline an invite to tour that country's nuclear facilities.

China has backed U.N. Security Council resolutions but China has close energy and trade ties with Iran and has opposed unilateral sanctions imposed by Europe and the United States.

Iranian Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Bagheri met with Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hailong in Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry said.

"Both sides exchanged views on Sino-Iran bilateral relations and the Iran nuclear issue," the ministry said in a brief statement on its website (www.mfa.gov.cn), which also showed pictures of the meetings.

It gave no more details.

China has yet to say whether it will accept or decline an offer from Iran to tour its nuclear facilities, saying only that it had received the invitation.

The European Union has turned down an offer from Iran to tour its nuclear facilities, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said on Friday.

Ashton said she had talked to Russia and China so that They should refuse the invitation.


Agencies

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