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China Calls For More Talks On Iran Nuclear Issue

Source: RFE/RL

BEIJING -- China today insisted there is still room for talks to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

The comments by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang came after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow is ready to consider new sanctions against Iran for its refusal to comply with international demands to halt uranium enrichment.

Western nations suspect Iran is enriching uranium to produce weapons. Iran denies this, saying its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

View of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Iran
Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes

China has steadfastly refused to agree to new sanctions against Iran.

Russia has also been reluctant, but on March 1 Medvedev said that while he hoped they would be avoided, Russia was ready to consider introducing sanctions if negotiations fail.

Iran is already under three sets of UN sanctions over its nuclear program. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she hoped to see a new resolution on Iran to be up for debate in the Security Council within the "next several months."

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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