May 16, 2006

China says backs EU approach to Iran stand-off

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it backed the
European approach to resolving the Iranian nuclear stand-off
and urged Iran to respond positively.

"China approves of the Europeans' important stance of
striving to solve the Iran nuclear issue through peaceful
negotiation," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a
news conference.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday the
European Union was ready to share the most sophisticated
civilian nuclear technology with Iran if it agreed to halt
uranium enrichment on its soil.