China determined to stop Iran getting nukes-UK

LONDON Wed Feb 10, 2010 1:16am IST

LONDON Feb 9 (Reuters) - China has told Britain it is determined to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said on Tuesday.

Russia sent its strongest signal yet on Tuesday that it could back a fourth set of U.N. sanctions over Iran's nuclear programme. But China -- one of the E3+3 powers dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue -- has argued that discussions about sanctions might make it harder to find a diplomatic solution.

Iran's announcement that it would further expand its nuclear programme has increased pressure from the United States and other Western powers for tougher sanctions.

Miliband said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi had assured him of China's determination to prevent Iran obtaining nuclear weapons when they talked on the sidelines of a London conference on Afghanistan on Jan. 28.

"He insisted to me that the Chinese were absolutely committed to the goal that unites the E3+3 as well as the wider U.N. and that is to ensure that Iran does not become a nuclear weapons state," he told reporters.

"It's very, very important that we therefore maintain maximum unity in developing the tactics to deliver on that goal," he said.

Western countries accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons but Iran says it only wants peaceful nuclear power.

The Islamic Republic said on Sunday it would enrich uranium to 20 percent purity for a reactor making isotopes for cancer patients. Analysts say the step could give Iran expertise useful for weapons production.

Demonstrators, who took to the streets after Iran's disputed election last June, were "not demonstrating for the destruction of Israel, they are not demonstrating for building nuclear enrichment sites. They are demonstrating about the sort of country that they live in," Miliband said. (Editing by Ralph Boulton) (For main story, click [ID:nLDE6182ND] (Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS EXCLUSIVE

REUTERS SHOWCASE

iOS 8 Issue

iOS 8 Issue

iOS 8 causing Bluetooth connectivity issues - Apple news blog  Full Article 

Modi In U.S.

Modi In U.S.

Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties  Full Article | Full Coverage 

NYT Job Cut

NYT Job Cut

New York Times to cut jobs as new products disappoint  Full Article 

Factory Activity

Factory Activity

Factories expand at slowest pace this year in September  Full Article 

Monetary Policy

Monetary Policy

RBI not biased towards either raising or cutting rates - Rajan  Full Article 

Weak Demand

Weak Demand

Weak demand hits factory activity across Asia, Europe  Full Article 

Pimco Fund

Pimco Fund

Pimco Total Return Fund posts record $23.5 bln net outflow in Sept  Full Article 

Hopeful of Profit

Hopeful of Profit

GM sees first European profit in 2016 after years of losses  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage