China calls on Iran to settle nuclear dispute

China’s foreign minister today called on Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency to settle the dispute over its nuclear programme.

China’s foreign minister today called on Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency to settle the dispute over its nuclear programme.

Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing appealed for more negotiation and for all sides in the dispute to stay calm.

“Iran should co-operate closely with the IAEA to settle the nuclear dispute,” Li said in a nationally-televised news conference held during the annual session of China’s parliament.

“There is still room for settlement of the issue in the IAEA,” Li said.

The UN nuclear agency is meeting this week and could set in motion a process that could lead to turning the dispute over to the UN Security Council, which has the authority to impose sanctions on Iran.

Tehran says its nuclear programme is meant to generate power, but Western governments worry it is aimed at making weapons.

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