China stresses Iran's right for access to nuclear energy

Oct 14, 2005 02:00 AM

Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong in a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, underlined that Iran has the right for access to nuclear energy for peaceful purpose and called for settlement of the nuclear issue within the framework of the UN nuclear watchdog. He voiced China's call for resumption of Iran-EU negotiations and settlement of the nuclear issue through dialogue.
Zeng urged that his country believes that Iran's legitimate right within the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) should be respected and expressed confidence that given its independence and territorial sovereignty, Iran can manage to solve the issue peacefully.

Turning to the economies of Iran and China as complementary to each other, he noted, "Iran's rich resources and Chinese big consumer market can further bring to fruition the bilateral trade and economic ties." The vice-president referred to the peace and stability in the Middle East and said that promotion of stability in the region is the foundation of international peace and security.
He said that Mottaki's visit to China after the formation of the new government in Iran marks the significance given by both countries to more strong relations.

For his part, Mottaki congratulated the recent launching of China's second manned spacecraft and said that the mutual ties in various domains have a growing trend. The minister pointed to the recent statement issued by Iran's Foreign Ministry and declared the country's readiness for holding talks with the IAEA member states, including EU, without any preconditions.
He appreciated China's opposition to politicisation of Iran's nuclear dossier and its referral to the UN Security Council and said that Tehran is prepared to negotiate the issue with the UN nuclear watchdog as well as members of EU and other states and cooperate within the NPT and Nuclear Safeguard framework.

Mottaki conveyed the message of Iran's new government to China, which hoped for continuous friendly relations, raising the level of cooperation and closer collaboration towards establishment of international peace and security. He briefed Zeng on the latest developments in Iraq and Palestine and urged that the Iraqi people are entitled to determine their own destiny by protecting their territorial integrity.
During the meeting, cooperation between the two countries in economic field, in particular in the energy sector, was underlined.

The Iranian foreign minister arrived in Beijing on a two-day visit.
During his stay in the Chinese capital, Mottaki will hold meetings with Chinese officials including his counterpart, Li Zhaoxing, to discuss bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues.

Source: PIN/IRNA
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