BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- China said Thursday it hoped negotiations on Iran nuclear issue would be resumed at an early date and it would continue its efforts for this end.
"Dialogues and negotiations are the best ways to resolve this issue, " said Ma Zhaoxu, spokesman of the Foreign Ministry, at a regular press conference.
Ma also said "China is serious on safeguarding the effectiveness of the international system of nuclear non-proliferation".
He called for an early resumption of the peaceful negotiation, and said China would contribute to it.
Iran announced Tuesday it had started the process of producing 20 percent enriched uranium inside the country, provoking warnings by western countries of new sanctions.
China calls for more diplomacy after Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment
BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday called for increased diplomatic efforts and an early agreement for an internationally-backed nuclear fuel proposal for Tehran after Iran started its higher-grade uranium enrichment program.
Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about its plan to start its enrichment activities to the purity of 20 percent on Tuesday, provoking fresh warnings by Western countries of new sanctions. Full story
Iran produces first batch of 20% enriched uranium: president
TEHRAN, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that Iran produced first batch of 20 percent enriched uranium.
"The first batch of 20 percent (enriched uranium) fuel was produced," Ahmadinejad said at a rally in Tehran. Full story
Iran's nuclear enrichment move draws concern, possible sanctions from West
TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iran's new move to enrich uranium to a higher 20-percent level has aroused the concern of Western countries, with the U.S. threatening to impose "a significant regime of sanctions" with other major countries against the country.Full story
U.S. Treasury slaps sanctions against Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Treasury Department slapped further sanctions against Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday, freezing assets of an individual and four companies affiliated with the Corps. Full story
Obama: U.S. developing sanctions against Iran
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Tuesday his administration will develop "a significant regime of sanctions," over the next several weeks targeting Iran.
Obama said Iran has refused to accept a UN-backed uranium swap deal, which he claimed was "the most obvious attempt" of the international community to engage with Tehran, accusing Iran of pursuing "a course that would lead to weaponization." Full story
Sarkozy supports U.S.-proposed stronger sanctions against Iran on nuclear issue
PARIS, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed on U.S. proposal of stronger sanctions against Iran on its nuclear enrichment program, the president's office announced Monday night.
Sarkozy agreed with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates that "the time has come for the adoption of stronger sanctions, in the hope that dialogue could be resumed," the Elysee Palace said after the two held a near-one-hour talk. Full story
Gates gets European support on Iran sanction
PARIS, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- After the last stop in Paris, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrapped up his European tour on Tuesday with widespread support from European alliance on sanctions against Iran, in the hope that concrete punishment can stop Iran from moving closer to military nuclear programs.
During Gates' meeting with his French counterpart Herve Morin on Monday, the two nations' common position on Iran nuclear issue was a highlighted part besides other major topics such as France's sale of advanced warship Mistral to Russia, Afghan security issue, and competition and cooperation between European and U.S. plane makers. Full story
Iran declares start of 20% uranium enrichment
TEHRAN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that Iran began to produce 20 percent enriched uranium at the Natanz facility, the official IRNA news agency reported.
"From today, we will start the 20 percent (uranium) enrichment in a separate cascade in Natanz (nuclear enrichment facility)," Salehi was quoted as saying by the IRNA. Full story
Russia says Iranian decision casts doubt on nuclear program
MOSCOW, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Iran's decision to enrich uranium to higher levels raises doubts about the purpose of its nuclear program, the Russian security council secretary said on Tuesday.
"We do not want Iran to have nuclear weapons. Iran insists that holding nuclear arms is not its goal and that its nuclear program is civilian," Nikolai Patrushev said in televised remarks. Full story
Germany threatens new sanctions against Iran
BERLIN, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Tuesday threatened new sanctions against Iran, saying that Tehran has the right to make peaceful use of nuclear power, but must refrain from any nuclear armament.
"If Iran continues to refuse talks, then talks at the United Nations is inevitable, and we'll have to talk about new measures," said Westerwelle. Full story
Israeli PM urges "crippling" sanctions on Iran
JERUSALEM, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday called for "crippling" sanctions on Iran as the Islamic Republic began to produce 20 percent enriched uranium earlier in the day.
As a response to the latest development of the Iran issue, Israel Prime Minister Office released a statement, saying "the international community must defend world peace and enforce sanctions on Iran. The hour demands crippling sanctions on Iran, now." Full story