China envoy urges talks between Iran, world powers

Posted by Kitara Julian On 1:40 AM
A senior Chinese envoy on Monday urged Iran and world powers to quickly resume stalled talks over Tehran's suspect nuclear programme, and called for better cooperation between the Islamic state and the UN nuclear watchdog.

Assistant foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu made the appeals at the end of a two-day visit to Tehran during which he spoke with Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri, Iranian state television reported.

Ma's trip came amid heightened tensions between the West and Iran over Tehran's nuclear activities, which the United States and its allies fear masks a drive for atomic weapons.

Increased Western economic sanctions on Iran in recent weeks and months have unsettled China, which is the biggest customer for Iranian oil.

Beijing has refused to follow a US and EU embargo on Iranian oil, though last month it reduced the amount it was importing, and it has held talks with other suppliers such as Saudi Arabia. Read More

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