US campaigns to bring Iran before UNSC
China's UN envoy Wang Guangya appeared to show reluctance on Saturday over taking Iran's case to the Security Council.Updated: Jan 14, 2006 09:38 IST
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke with her Chinese counterpart as the United States stepped up efforts to make sure the Iran nuclear crisis goes to the UN Security Council, officials said.
Rice spoke to China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing having started the consultations on Thursday night in a call with Brazil's Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters on Friday.
China's UN envoy Wang Guangya appeared to show reluctance on Saturday over taking Iran's case to the Security Council.
Wang said at the UN headquarters that Iran should cooperate over inspections of its nuclear programme but added that hauling Iran before the Security Council could complicate the dispute.
"Our concern is that referring them might complicate the issue," he said, suggesting that this might lead Iran to harden its stance.
Wang's comments were discussed at a Washington meeting on Friday between US President George W Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Representatives of Britain, France, Germany, the United States, Russia and China are to meet in London on Monday to discuss calling a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that could refer Iran to the UN Security Council.
Rice has already spoken this week with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by telephone and raised the Iran case with South Africa's Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Washington on Wednesday.
First Published: Jan 14, 2006 09:38 IST