Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 29 /Trend/
China will continue to maintain close communication with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and unswervingly be committed to resolving the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic negotiations, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Jiang Yu said, Xinhua reported on Saturday.
"China and Russia recently presented their shared views about the Iranian nuclear issue to the IAEA chief," Jiang said. "Both countries hope the IAEA will remain independent and professional with an objective and impartial attitude, and cautiously resolve the issue based on facts."
Jiang said China has always supported the work of the IAEA and has kept regular communication with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
She also noted that the IAEA chief has noted the views. Jiang said the communication was completely normal, but that it would be inappropriate to reveal the content of the talks to media with some biased reports.
On Sept. 12, Amano announced plans to publish a new report detailing the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear programme.
The report is due to be circulated among 35 members of IAEA board of governors, during their meeting in Vienna on November 17-18.
In the joint note, issued on Tuesday, Moscow and Beijing warned the UN atomic agency against "groundless haste" and urge him to "act cautiously," adding that "such kind of report will only drive the Iranians into a corner making them less cooperative."
Russia, which helped Iran build its only functioning nuclear power plant at Bushehr, and China, which is one of the current major trade partners, have traditionally taken a softer position on Iran than other veto-holding UN Security Council powers - the United States, Britain and France.
In spite of joining the United States, Britain, France and Germany in the approval of Resolution 1929 in June, 2010, Russia and China insist on a diplomatic solution and on following a dual-path strategy for Iran, involving the combination of sanctions and negotiations.
Edited by T.Konyayeva.