Thursday, January 26, 2006

China backs Iran compromise plan


Plans to enrich uranium in Russia for use in Iran could help break a global stalemate over Tehran's nuclear aims, China's government has said.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, called the proposals "useful" after talks in Beijing aimed at heading off US and EU calls for UN action.

China, which could veto any sanctions bid in the UN, has urged greater efforts for a diplomatic solution.

Mr Larijani said China and Iran held "similar views" on the nuclear issue.

"We agreed members of the Non-Proliferation Treaty have [the] right to peaceful nuclear energy," he told reporters.

Iran has consistently denied US-led accusations that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, insisting its nuclear programme is for producing electricity.

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