China unlikely to accept Iran invite to tour nukes

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 13, 2011 12:44

BEIJING  — China said it is unlikely to take up Iran's recent offer to tour its nuclear facilities.

Iran has invited Russia, China and Hungary, which currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, to tour the sites this month. Other countries that have been more critical of Iran — like the US, Britain, France and Germany — were not invited.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters Thursday that it would difficult for China's nuclear envoy to visit Iran.

The EU has already indicated it will not go; Russia has not yet decided.

Iran's facilities are considered suspect by the West because they could be used to make the fissile core of nuclear warheads, and Tehran's refusal to shut them down has triggered UN Security Council sanctions.


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