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China terms talks with Iran "useful"

Beijing, Feb 28, IRNA-China on Tuesday assessed recent talks between Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Lu Guozeng and Iranian officials as "useful."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao, who talked to reporters, made the disclosure as he pointed to a visit by Lu to Iran on Feb 24-26 and Lu's talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani.

China and Iran consider their talks and exchange of views as highly important and stress widening of their bilateral cooperation on the nuclear issue as well as in the economic, trade, cultural and technological fields, the spokesman said.

He, moreover, said that during Lu's Tehran visit, the two sides discussed Iran's nuclear case explicitly and that China was keen to having the issue resolved within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and through diplomatic channels.

Liu expressed the hope Iran and all parties to the issue would be willing to compromise and to use restraint in order to find a solution to the nuclear standoff.

He added that Iranian officials have also stressed the importance of resolving the issue based on IAEA rules and regulations.

The spokesman said China supports the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and Russia and hoped peace, stability and progress would always have an upper hand in Iran.

Iranian FM terms talks with Japanese PM "constructive"

Tokyo, Feb 28, IRNA-Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Tuesday assessed bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi as "constructive".

Mottaki, who arrived here Monday morning for an official three-day visit, met with the Japanese premier here earlier Tuesday.

Talking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Mottaki said: "The two sides discussed bilateral relations, economic cooperation and key regional and international developments, and stressed the importance of bolstering cooperation."

"The sides also exchanged views on the importance of energy and its role in the relations between the two countries and among countries of Asia as a whole," he added.

Mottaki, moreover, said that the Iranian side underscored the importance of reinforcing security in the strategic Persian Gulf region and of avoiding more tensions in the region.

Pointing to Iran's nuclear case, he said "there is no document proving Iran has used nuclear energy for non-peaceful purposes." "To us, 50 percent of the issue is clear. We are satisfied over the fact that reports, documents and inspections have proved no diversion in Iran's nuclear program and that our activities are peaceful," Mottaki said.

He said said the remaining 50 percent will be cleared through "our guarantee that our activities have not been diverted into non-peaceful purposes."

He said Iran has repeatedly made it known that it was completely against weapons of mass destruction and committed to a region free from such weapons.

The Iranian minister further said that in his meetings with Japanese officials he had called on Japanese companies to participate in the construction of power plants in Iran, and added: "We are determined to incease our power supply by producing 20,000 megawatts of electrical power from nuclear power plants and we welcome the participation of Japanese firms in this regard."

He noted that the Iranian city of Sardasht in the western province of Kurdestan and Japan's Hiroshima have both been victims of weapons of mass destruction.

Mottaki expressed the hope that Iran, like its friend Japan, would be able to enjoy nuclear energy for its civilian needs.

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