Iran says China to attend Tehran nuclear conference

Iran said China would take part in a nuclear disarmament conference in Tehran later this month.

Iran says China to attend Tehran nuclear conference

Iran said on Sunday China would take part in a nuclear disarmament conference in Tehran later this month, to be held just days after Chinese President Hu Jintao is due to attend a nuclear security summit in Washington.

Iran says experts and officials from some 60 countries have been invited to the April 17-18 meeting in Tehran, called "Nuclear energy for everyone, nuclear arms for no one".

Iran rejects Western accusations it is seeking to develop nuclear bombs, saying its atomic work is aimed at generating electricity so that it can export more of its oil and gas.

"The Chinese have welcomed the Islamic Republic's initiative and the idea of calling on the world to disarm and will take part in the Tehran conference," chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency.

Jalili, who visited Beijing last week, did not say at what level China would be represented.

China, which buys large amounts of oil from Iran, has refused Western calls to back further U.N. Security Council sanctions on the Islamic state.

China announced Hu would attend the April 12-13 summit in Washington.

China is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, each wielding the power to veto any resolution and thus block proposed U.N. sanctions.

Jalili told reporters on Friday, after meeting the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing, that the two sides agreed sanctions had "lost their effectiveness".

Iran's envoy to the U.N. nuclear agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said "senior officials and ranking experts from various countries" would attend the international disarmament and non-proliferation meeting in Tehran, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.


Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Nisan 2010, 15:49

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