China: Diplomacy better than new Iran sanctions

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July 4, 2007 00:47

China's UN ambassador on Tuesday called for stepped up diplomacy rather than new sanctions to try to persuade Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and rein in its nuclear program. Ambassador Wang Guangya said discussions between UN International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei and Iranian officials, and talks between European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, need to be pursued. "I do believe that now we have to put more emphasis on the diplomatic track," Wang told a news conference. "I think if somebody is thinking of circulating a sanctions resolution at this moment, when ElBaradei and Mr. Solana are conducting negotiations, (it) is not helpful."


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