Iran, China discuss mutual ties, nuclear issue

Iran Materials 11 July 2006 19:45 (UTC +04:00)

(IRNA) - Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for educational and research affairs Manouchehr Mottaki and his Chinese counterpart He Yafei in a meeting here Tuesday discussed bilateral relations, Iran's nuclear issue as well as the latest regional and international developments.

After the meeting, Mohammadi told IRNA that matters of bilateral concern including Iran's nuclear issue, the Middle East crisis, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine were the topics on the agenda of the meeting, reports Trend.

He said that Iran and China have common approaches to a lot of issues, adding that they view most problems in a similar way.

Mohammadi said that the Chinese believe that there is no discord or ambiguity between the two countries and that both sides have a common approach to most developments.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister said that at the meeting Iran's nuclear issue was discussed, adding that it was underlined that Iran approaches the received package of proposal positively and pointed to its ambiguities which should be clarified.

"That is why Iran needs more time to assess the proposal and hold a preliminary talk prior to the final negotiation to make the ambiguities more clear and possibly revise some of the items included in the proposal.

"Besides, the Chinese deputy foreign minister stressed that his country recognizes Iran's right to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and believe that no party can deprive it of such a right," he added.

Quoting Yafei, the Iranian official said that the nuclear problem between Iran and the West can only be solved through negotiation.

"The Chinese official underlined that his country attempts to bring the views of the two sides closer to each other to facilitate solving of the problem by reaching a unanimous agreement to avoid violation of Iran's right," concluded Mohammadi.