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China urges patience on Iran nuclear issue
www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-14 21:08:22

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao is answering questions at a regular news conference in Beijing Tuesday.

    BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhuanet) -- China has called for the international community to remain sober-minded, patient and flexible when trying to resolve the Iran nuclear issue, said the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao at a regular news conference here Tuesday.

    China encourages all parties to do more to increase trust and avoid any actions that may worsen the issue, Liu said.

    He told reporters that China is concerned with the latest development of the Iran nuclear issue. There are still enough room to resolve the issue under the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the international community should not abandon diplomatic efforts, he said.

    Regarding the scheduled nuclear talks between Russia and Iran on Feb. 16, Liu said China hopes the talks will be held on time and achieve positive outcome.

    Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham told reporters on Monday that a new round of talks between Iran and Russia, previously scheduled on Thursday in Moscow, has been delayed and that Iran would resume industrial enrichment ahead of the IAEA's meeting on March 6.

    China is playing its own role in the resolution of the nuclear issue and will work with all relevant parties, including the United States, the European Union and other developing countries to properly resolve the issue, Liu said.

    Liu also underscored that a solution through dialogue serves the interests of Iran and all parties concerned, and said China's efforts on this issue constitute part of its commitment to establishing world peace.

    Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian National Security and Foreign Relations Committee, told state television Tuesday that Iran had resumed "peaceful" uranium enrichment at the Natanz plant in the presence of inspectors from the IAEA.

    The resumption was the final step of Iran's reaction to a recent decision by the IAEA to report their nuclear activities to the UN Security Council. (Special report: Iran Nuclear Crisis)

   President Hu's visit to US    

    When answering a journalist's question about Chinese President Hu's visit to the United States, Liu said that both China and the United States are actively preparing for the planned visit in the first half of 2006.

    Liu said that the two sides would decide the specific date of the visit through diplomatic channels.

    "China will continue its efforts to ensure the success of the visit and accomplishment of expected goals." Liu said.

    UN Secretary-General candidate    

    China hopes the Asian countries will reach consensus on a candidate for next UN Secretary-General through friendly consultations, Liu Jianchao said.

    Liu told the regular news conference that the next UN Secretary-General should come from an Asian country since an Asian has not taken up the post for 34 years.

    China hopes Asian countries enhance mutual understanding and cooperation to ensure an Asian chief of the UN.

    The last Asian UN secretary-general was U Thant from Myanmar, who served from 1961 to 1971.

    The incumbent UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will finish his second term this December. Under the UN Charter, a new secretary-general is nominated by 15 member states of the UN Security Council and confirmed by the 191-nation General Assembly.

     Six-party talks

    The financial problem has become a key one affecting the process of the six-party talks, Liu said.

    Liu told the regular news conference that "the financial problem has exerted a negative impact on the talks".

    Five rounds of talks aimed at resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula have been held by China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and Japan.

    The talks were first held in Beijing on August of 2003, and followed by several rounds in the same venue. The first phase of the fifth round of six-party talks, held from Nov. 9 to 11, was the latest session where the process has stopped up till now.

    Liu said the Chinese side hopes all parties involved could take a comprehensive view, respect each other, strengthen dialogue and communication in order to seek an early resumption of the talks during which an appropriate approach may be found to deal with the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

    According to Liu, a meeting "beneficial to the process of the talks" was held among China, the DPRK and the United States in Beijing on Jan. 18.

    China has always been active in keeping contact with involved parties and will go on doing so in order to restart the talks as soon as possible, the spokesman said.

    Cross-border river issuesกก

    When asked to comment on the cross-border river issue between China and Kazakhstan, Liu said that China will properly solve cross-border river issues with relevant countries through dialogueand continue adopting responsible policies without infringing upon interests of neighbouring countries.

    China, as a country of vast territory, shares cross-border rivers with its neighboring nations. Liu said China has always attached great importance to the reasonable use of cross-border rivers and the protection of water resources.

    China is implementing a policy on the simultaneous protection and utilization of water resources of the cross-border rivers, Liu stressed.

    Japanese firm's nuclear-related export

    Liu claimed at the news conference that China has no connection with the allegation that a Japanese company has illegally exported nuclear-related machinery to China.

    Liu said that China's position on nuclear non-proliferation is very clear: China is in resolute opposition to any proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in any form.

    As a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Liu said, China will firmly fulfill its responsibility and obligations. 

    According to Japanese media, Tokyo police on Monday raided Japan's Mitutoyo Corporation, a precision instruments maker.  

    The police alleged that the company was illegally exporting machinery that could be used in uranium enrichment, a key processin making a nuclear bomb.

    "In fact, the Japanese police said the company exported such machines to Japanese companies in China. We have collected some information and we believe this issue has no connection with China judging from the current situation," the spokesman said.  Enditem

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