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UPDATED: 20:19, June 08, 2006
China calls for positive response to new proposals on Iran nuclear issue
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China on Thursday called for positive response to the proposals agreed by the five U.N. Security Council permanent members and Germany on solution to Iran's nuclear issue.

"We hope the proposals will receive positive response from all the parties concerned so that negotiations will be resumed soon," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told a news briefing, describing the proposals as an "important foundation" for the issue's solution.

Meanwhile, Liu confirmed at the briefing that Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad will come to China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit slated for June 15 in Shanghai.

Iran, together with Mongolia, Pakistan and India, are SCO observers.

Liu said Hu will hold bilateral meetings with the presidents of the SCO member states and observers on the sidelines of the summit, including Ahmadinejad.

The spokesman said China had discussed Iran's nuclear issue with the country in the past and will continue to do so in the future to improve mutual understanding.

"China will continue to make positive efforts to help peacefully solve the Iran nuclear issue through negotiations," Liu said.

European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Javier Solana went to Tehran on Monday to present to Iran a package of incentives, which was agreed last week among the five U.N. Security Council permanent members, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany, in exchange for Iran's suspension of uranium enrichment.

On Wednesday evening, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing discussed the Iran nuclear issue with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana over phone.

The Foreign Ministry said Solana briefed Li on his visit to Iran and the two agreed to maintain close contact.

Details of the proposals are unknown, but EU diplomats said they included a light-water nuclear reactor and a foreign supply of atomic fuel for Iran, as well as an offer to suspend sanctions against Iran in the UN Security Council.

The proposals also carry penalties that can be applied by the United Nations Security Council if Tehran does not cooperate, said the diplomats, according to earlier reports.

Source: Xinhua

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