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Inside Iran's uranium-enrichment plant in Isfahan (file photo) (epa)
21 February 2006 -- China today called on Iran to restore a moratorium on uranium enrichment to facilitate a negotiated resolution of the dispute over its nuclear program.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said China hopes that talks in Moscow on a Russian proposal aimed to help resolve the standoff will be successful.
Iranian and Russian negotiators are discussing Russia's offer to enrich uranium for Iranian power plants on its soil to allay international fears Iran may be seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
The talks are seen as a last chance to resolve the crisis before Western governments seek UN sanctions.
China, which has increasingly lucrative energy ties with Iran, is seeking a negotiated solution to the standoff.
Hans Blix (CTK)
SECURITY GUARANTEES On January 26, RFE/RL Radio Farda correspondent Fatemeh Aman spoke with former UN chief weapons inspector HANS BLIX about the confrontation between Iran and the international community over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. Blix urged the United States to participate in direct negotiations with Tehran and to offer Iran security guarantees that are similar to those being discussed with North Korea...(more)
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