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China, Russia call for diplomatic settlement of Iran's N-case

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beijing, May 16, IRNA
China-Russia-Iran nuclear issue
China and Russia on Tuesday once again stressed the need to settle Iran's nuclear case through diplomatic channels.

China and Russia, two of the UN Security Council's five permanent and veto-wielding powers, acknowledge Iran's right to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

At a meeting held between Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Beijing, both said they would oppose any move to use force to settle Iran's nuclear case.

Beijing and Moscow have also expressed opposition to the invocation of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the draft resolution sought to be passed against Iran in the Council.

Chapter 7 authorizes sanctions or even military force on a UN member that defies the Council's resolutions.

Foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- China, Russia, the United States, Britain and France -- along with Germany held a meeting in New York on May 8 to discuss a draft resolution prepared by France and Britain on May 3 mandating Iran to halt all nuclear activities.

The meeting was held upon the invitation of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, but ended without achieving common ground on how to resolve the issue.

Li and Lavrov have also stressed the need to resume the stalled six-party talks to settle the North Korean nuclear issue.

The six parties involved in the talks are China, Russia, North Korea, South Korea, the US and Japan.


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