Iran Nuclear NewsChina urges Iran's cooperation with nuclear agency

China urges Iran’s cooperation with nuclear agency

-

ImageReuters: China urged Iran on Tuesday to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog but distanced itself from calls for sanctions following a report that said Tehran was stalling scrutiny of its nuclear activities.

ImageBEIJING (Reuters) – China urged Iran on Tuesday to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog but distanced itself from calls for sanctions following a report that said Tehran was stalling scrutiny of its nuclear activities.

After the report from the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday, London and Washington swiftly raised the prospect of fresh sanctions to press Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and cooperate more with inspectors looking into claims Tehran is developing means to build nuclear weapons.

Iran has denied the claims, blamed the IAEA for the impasse and said its nuclear program is for peaceful energy.

"We hope that Iran and the IAEA continue cooperating to resolve the unsettled issues as early as possible," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Jiang Yu told a news conference. "Tensions are not the way to solve these problems."

As a big oil customer of Iran and veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, China has become a focus of diplomatic efforts to overcome the long-running standoff.

China has backed past Security Council resolutions imposing limited sanctions on Iran, but Beijing has been reluctant to consider steps that would threaten energy and economic ties with Tehran.

Iran is China's third biggest supplier of imported crude oil, well behind Saudi Arabia and Angola.

(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by Nick Macfie and David Fox)

Latest news

Iran Dispatches Terror Squads to Iraq: Militia Commander Confesses

“Confessions made by Qassem Musleh al-Khafaji, one of commanders of Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in al-Anbar governorate, unveiled...

Iran’s Presidential Candidates Deliberately Ignore Crises Caused by the Neglect of the Social Sphere

One of the main crises in Iran, caused by the mullahs’ underdeveloped culture, is the social crisis. On the...

Satellite Footage Shows Tehran Never Stopped Nuclear Bomb-Making Projects

On June 9, Fox News revealed unusual activity at the Sanjarian nuclear site in 25 miles outside the capital...

Presidential Candidates Did Not Mention Iran’s Dying Economy

Not mentioning the economic situation and plans by Iran’s presidential candidates has a long history in Iran’s elections. The...

A Sad Example of Iran Officials’ Pointless Economic Plans

There is no doubt that Iran’s economic system is a disordered and turbulent market without any control or proper...

All-Important Wetlands in Iran Dried Up

Iran is geographically located in an arid and semi-arid region, and in recent years the issue of wetlands, lakes...

Must read

Iranian official in fake degree scandal dies

AP: Former Iranian Interior Minister Ali Kordan, who was...

Bush says diplomacy is first choice in Iran standoff

AP: President Bush said Wednesday that his first choice...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you