Chinese PM urges Iran to heed world's concern over nuclear plans
HELSINKI, Sept 9 (AFP) Sep 09, 2006
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao urged Iran on Saturday to take account of the international community's concerns about its nuclear ambitions but also warned against increasing pressure on Tehran.
"We believe that Iran should take full consideration of the concerns of the international community and take constructive steps," Wen told a news conference after a European Union-China summit in Helsinki.
However, he warned: "To mount pressure or to take sanctions will not necessarily bring about a peaceful solution."
"So it is our hope that the international community and parties will exercise caution on this matter and continue to work for a peaceful solution," he added.
Wen was speaking as EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and top Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani began last-ditch talks in Vienna to avert UN sanctions over Tehran's atomic ambitions.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.