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Iran, China discuss developments in Iranian nuclear case

London, Jan 31, IRNA-Iran and China on Tuesday discussed latest developments in connection with Iran's nuclear case and explored avenues for bolstering of bilateral cooperation.

Visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing on the sidelines of a conference on reconstruction of Afghanistan.

The Chinese minister said Moscow and Beijing are opposed to a proposal made by Western states to send Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council.

He added that during the meeting of the five permanent members of the UNSC and Germany (Group 5+1), Russia and China, despite the wish of the United States and Europe called for continuation of negotiations to reach a compromise.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council (Russia, China, France, Britain and the US) along with Germany agreed early Tuesday that the Thursday meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should take necessary measures to report Iran to the UNSC over its nuclear program.

Mottaki stressed Iran's stance on access to peaceful nuclear technology and continuation of nuclear-related research.

He expressed Tehran's readiness to hold further talks on the nuclear case to reach a consensus.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, the Iranian minister said there are still grounds to achieve a comprehensive understanding on Iran's nuclear program.

The understanding, he added, could include postponement of the IAEA's Governing Board meeting from February 2 to March 6.

The Security Council should wait until March to take up the Iran case, after a formal report on Tehran's activities from the IAEA was received, an informed source told IRNA on Tuesday.

The statement issued by the group reiterated that the six countries agreed that this week's extraordinary IAEA Board meeting should report to the Security Council its decision on the steps that Iran is required to take.

The six countries also agreed that the Security Council should await the Director General's report to the March meeting of the IAEA Board before deciding to take action to reinforce the authority of the IAEA process, the statement said.

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