China has welcomed a nuclear fuel swap plan that Iran announced after talks with Brazil and Turkey, urging negotiations.
Iran agreed with Brazil and Turkey on Monday to send some of its uranium abroad, reviving a fuel swap plan drafted by the United Nations with the aim of keeping its nuclear activities in check.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said, his government was encouraged by the proposal and favours negotiations.
"China expresses its welcome (of the fuel swap plan)", Yang said late on Monday while visiting Tunisia, Xinhua news agency said.
"China has noted the relevant reports and expresses its welcome and appreciation for the diplomatic efforts made by the parties involved to seek an appropriate solution to the Iran nuclear issue."
China is one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, giving it the power to veto resolutions.
China "believes that dialogue and negotiations should be the channels for resolving the Iran nuclear issue", he said.
ReutersLast Mod: 18 Mayıs 2010, 10:45