China on Tuesday said that negotiations and not sanctions against Iran would resolve the stalemate over its nuclear programme and pressed Tehran to continue cooperation with the IAEA to end the standoff.
"China believes dialogue and negotiation are the only ways to come to a solution," the Xinua news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu as saying at a press conference in Beijing.
"China hopes Iran will continue cooperation with IAEA to solve the problem soon," Jiang added.
Jiang said that China had studied the report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear issue and appreciated the organisation's effort in solving the problem.
A six-page report released on Monday to the 35-nation IAEA board and the UN Security Council said resolution of Iran's nuclear issue had arrived at a gridlock, with no substantive progress made since the last report, which was submitted in May of this year.
The atomic watchdog also said that Iran had not frozen uranium enrichment activities as instructed by the UN and had in fact installed additional uranium-enriching centrifuges, and was testing more advanced centrifuges.
Soon after the release of the report, the US warned Iran that it faced possible new UN sanctions over its suspected nuclear programme.
"We urge Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities or face further implementation of the existing United Nations Security Council sanctions and the possibility of new sanctions," White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said on Monday.