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China agrees sanctions "not effective": Iran envoy

world Updated: Apr 02, 2010 14:37 IST

Iran and China agreed during talks in Beijing that sanctions are "not effective", Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said on Friday after meeting China's foreign minister and other officials in Beijing.

"In our talks with China it was agreed that tools such as sanctions have lost their effectiveness," Jalili told a news conference in the Chinese capital, speaking via a Chinese translator.

Asked if China backs sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, he said: "It's up to China to answer that."