China to host six-nation talks on Iran’s nuclear issue

April 8th, 2008 - 7:00 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, April 8 (Xinhua) A Chinese-sponsored six-nation round table will be held April 16 in Shanghai to discuss ways to restart talks with Iran over its nuclear controversy, the foreign ministry said Tuesday. Officials from the US, Russia, Britain, France and Germany will take part in the meeting at the invitation of He Yafei, assistant foreign minister, spokesperson Jiang Yu told reporters here.

The US and some other European nations have accused Tehran of carrying out a weapon programme in the guise of nuclear power generation project and have imposed sanctions when the Islamic country refused to stop its nuclear development activities.

The charge has been repeatedly denied by Iran, which insisted that its nuclear programme is for civil purpose.

In the latest round of sanctions, the 15-member UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1803 March 3, which extended travel restrictions and bans to include more Iranian leaders, curbs on dual-use nuclear items, export credit, financial monitoring, cargo inspections on aircraft and vessels, and possible “next steps.”

The foreign ministers of the six countries issued a statement after the vote, saying that Resolution 1803 reflected “the international community’s serious concerns about the proliferation risks of the Iranian nuclear programme.”

“We remain committed to an early negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue and reaffirm our commitment to a dual-track approach,” the statement said.

“The meeting is aimed at further carrying out the consensus reached in earlier statements by the six foreign ministers”, Jiang told Tuesday’s press conference..

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