China insists on diplomatic solution to Iranian nuke issue
BEIJING, April 20 (RIA Novosti) - China insists on a diplomatic solution to the problem of the Iranian nuclear issue regardless of discussions of possible sanctions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said on Tuesday.
"We have emphasized several times the discussions in New York do not mean that the method is closed for solving the Iranian nuclear issue through negotiations," Jiang said in regard to meetings held last week by the Iran Six.
The United States and other Western countries suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear energy program and are seeking new sanctions following Iran's move to enrich uranium to 20%.
Jiang said "dialogue and negotiations" are the most efficient solutions to this problem.
The Iran Six on Thursday began discussing the text of a draft resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear program.
Russia and China insist on resolving Iran's nuclear issue peacefully; however, the United States, Britain, France and Germany are pushing for harsher sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
France's envoy to the UN, Gerard Araud, said last week in New York the Iran Six began discussing the text of a draft resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear program.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said during a speech that same week in the Brookings Institute that sanctions against Iran "at a certain point... can become inevitable" as "Iran has still not reacted to constructive compromises it was offered," though he himself "wouldn't like to see sanctions imposed."
Medvedev said possible sanctions against the Islamic republic "should ensure nuclear nonproliferation rather than punish the Iranian nation."
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