Iran nuclear envoy in China as sanctions talk rises

His visit comes amid mounting pressure against Iran over its nuclear programme.

Iran nuclear envoy in China as sanctions talk rises

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili arrived in China on Thursday to discuss the Islamic republic's atomic programme with Beijing, which has opposed new sanctions against Tehran.

A spokesman for the Iranian embassy in Beijing confirmed Jalili arrived in the morning but declined to provide further details on his visit.

Jalili was to meet high-ranking officials in Beijing and hold "bilateral talks and discuss the nuclear issue" Iran's official IRNA news agency reported earlier.

His visit comes amid mounting pressure against Iran over its nuclear programme, with US President Barack Obama saying Tuesday he wants sanctions agreed on within weeks.

China has resisted calls for new sanctions and called for stepped up negotiations.

But the US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Wednesday that China now appeared "ready" for serious talks at the UN on the issue.

"China has agreed to sit down and begin serious negotiations here in New York with the others in the (group of six) ... as a first step towards getting the entire Security Council on board with a tough sanctions regime against Iran," Rice said in an interview on CNN.

"This is progress, but the negotiations have yet to begin in earnest."

China has a close diplomatic and trade relationship with Iran, dominated by its imports of Iranian energy resources, and its position remains key to the future of the long-running stand-off.

Jalili plans to hold a press briefing in Beijing on Friday.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Nisan 2010, 15:09

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