China tells Iranian delegation to return to talks

By REUTERS
January 21, 2012 04:59

 
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BEIJING - China told a visiting Iranian delegation that returning to nuclear talks was a "top priority," the Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, in a meeting highlighting Beijing's efforts to reduce tensions that could threaten its oil supply.

The delegation, led by Supreme National Security Council deputy secretary Ali Baqeri, visited Beijing as lawmakers in the United States moved to detail punishment of foreign banks that do business with the Iran's central bank, the clearinghouse for its oil exports.

The United States hopes the sanctions will prevent Iran from developing what it says is a nuclear weapons program. Iran says its nuclear program is for civilian use.

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