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Iran nuclear envoy says dialogue, not sanctions

China drops its opposition to possible sanction against Iran: U.S.

Iran nuclear envoy says dialogue, not sanctions

Tehran's top nuclear envoy called for negotiations without threat of sanctions yesterday, following meetings in Beijing in the wake of U.S. reports saying had China had dropped its opposition to possible new U.N. measures against Iran.
Saeed Jalili sidestepped questions on whether China had confirmed to him that it had changed its opposition to a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Tehran for its nuclear program. He maintained that both Iran and China sought a return to the negotiating table.
"(Our) Chinese friends all say this problem can only be solved through negotiations and peaceful means. And some big countries should give up their incorrect actions. Pressuring through sanctions will be ineffective," Jalili said.
China has veto power in the U.N. Security Council, and its support would be key to passing a resolution against Iran, which is suspected of developing nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful power generation.
"Negotiations should be conducted with logic, not with pressure. If negotiations and pressure occur at the same time, there's no way these negotiations can go forward," Jalili said in comments that were translated from Farsi to Chinese.
During his visit to China, Jalili met with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Wang Jiarui, who heads the Communist Party's international affairs office. China has refused to confirm reports that it was willing to consider new sanctions. Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday that Beijing was "concerned about the current situation" but repeated the country's longtime stance of wanting the dispute settled through negotiations.


Updated : 2020-12-01 20:32 GMT+08:00