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Iran nuclear issue: China, EU join forces

China and the European Union have agreed to maintain close contact on Iran's nuclear programme and how to peacefully resolve the issue.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 11:21 IST

China and the European Union have agreed to maintain close contact on Iran's nuclear programme and how to peacefully resolve the issue, the official

Xinhua 

News Agency said.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana briefed Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing in a telephone call last night on his talks with Iran earlier this week, Xinhua  said. The report did not give any more details on the conversation.

Solana had presented an offer to Tehran by world powers that included a comprise on a long-standing demand that Iran commit to a prolonged moratorium on uranium enrichment.

Instead, the package which is meant to entice Iran back to the negotiating table, asks only for a suspension and allows Tehran to continue with uranium conversion, which is linked to enrichment.

The package was approved last week in Vienna by the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia —all permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.