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China Calls for Constructive Attitudes to Iran Nuclear Issue

China has called for constructive attitudes from the concerned parties toward the Iranian nuclear issue and warned against actions that would further complicate the situation at an emergency meeting held by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog, in Vienna on Tuesday.


Differences should be solved through negotiations and favorable conditions should be created for the final solution of the issue, Wu Hailong, China's ambassador to the UN and other organizations in Vienna, said.


Iran on Saturday rejected a package of EU economic and political incentives presented by Britain, France and Germany -- the EU3 -- and resumed some uranium conversion activities at its nuclear facility in the central city of Isfahan on Monday.


An emergency meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors was originally scheduled for Tuesday morning but was postponed to Tuesday afternoon as EU diplomats needed more time to discuss the terms of a draft resolution on Iran's nuclear programs.


IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei had earlier called on the EU and Iran to maintain maximum restraint and refrain from taking unilateral actions. He also appealed to Iran to rethink its decision to resume uranium conversion.


Addressing the emergency meeting, Wu also called on the EU and Iran to fulfill their commitments and tackle the crisis with patience.


"The Paris Agreement reached between the EU3 and Iran has, to some extent, laid a foundation for seeking a long-term solution. The parties concerned should truly fulfill the commitments they have respectively made under the agreement.


"We appeal to Iran to continue to apply the relevant confidence-building measures to increase understanding on the part of the international community and create a favorable atmosphere for the eventual resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue," Wu said.


Wu also called on the other parties to address the reasonable concerns of Iran in a just and objective manner and respect Iran's right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.


"China will, along with various parties, continue its support to the diplomatic efforts aiming at an early and appropriate solution to this issue within the framework of the IAEA," Wu said.


(Xinhua News Agency August 11, 2005)

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