US presses China on Iran sanctions

Talks coincide with visit to Beijing by Iran's top nuclear negotiator.

    Negroponte said the US will keep pushing China
    to back new sanctions against Iran [AFP]

    Speaking before two days of talks with Chinese officials, Negroponte said Iran had violated an existing UN resolution by going ahead with uranium enrichment and missile development.

     

    He added that a recent US intelligence estimate showed only that Iran had suspended research into designs for a nuclear warhead.

     

    "We think it is important that there be an additional Security Council resolution because Iran is out of compliance with previously passed resolutions," he told reporters.

     

    "That is the argument that will be presented to the Chinese authorities."

     

    Iran maintains that its nuclear programme is peaceful and aimed at providing energy for its growing population.

     

    China, which has growing energy ties with Tehran, has called for negotiations on the issue and continues to oppose further aggressive UN action against Iran.

     

    Negroponte said the US will seek further Chinese support at a meeting with other permanent members of the UN Security Council in Berlin next week.

     

    Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, is expected to discuss proposed new sanctions against Iran and other elements of a resolution with counterparts from Britain, France, Russia and China.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.