Russia, China welcome US offer to talk with Iran

Russia and China on Wednesday welcomed a US offer to hold talks with Iran if it suspends uranium enrichment, but China said Washington's offer should be unconditional and Tehran should be offered security guarantees as a carrot. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin and China's UN Ambassador Wang Guangya both said the announcement by President George W. Bush showed that the United States is more serious about finding a diplomatic solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and ambitions. The two countries, which have close economic and security ties to Iran, have been the strongest opponents of a proposed Security Council resolution backed by the United States, Britain and France that could lead to sanctions and possible military action if Iran does not suspend uranium enrichment.