China to host meeting to discuss solution to Iranian nuclear issue

China said Tuesday it will host a meeting of officials from the United States, Russia and Europe this month in Shanghai to discuss ways to restart talks on the Iranian nuclear issue. The April 16 meeting will discuss plans to resume the talks and promote a solution to the issue "through diplomatic negotiations," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regular news conference. "China always believes that the Iranian nuclear issue should be peacefully resolved through dialogue and negotiations," Jiang said. "China hopes with the joint efforts of relevant parties the Shanghai meeting will yield positive results," she said.