China to host six-nation talks on Iran’s nuclear issue

April 9, 2008

BEIJING (Xinhua) -- A Chinese-sponsored six-nation round table will be held on April 16 in Shanghai to discuss ways to restart talks with Iran over its nuclear issue, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Officials from the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, and Germany will take part in the meeting at the invitation of He Yafei, assistant foreign minister, spokesperson Jiang Yu told reporters here.
The U.S. and some other European nations claim that Tehran may seek a weapons program under the guise of its nuclear project and have imposed sanctions as the Islamic country has refused to stop its nuclear enrichment activities.
Iran has vehemently rejected the claims, insisting that its nuclear program is purely for civil purposes.
In the latest round of sanctions, the 15-member UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1803 on March 3, which extended travel restrictions and bans to include more Iranian leaders, curbs on dual-use nuclear items, export credit, financial monitoring, cargo inspections on aircraft and vessels, and possible “next steps.”
“The meeting is aimed at further carrying out the consensus reached in earlier statements by the six foreign ministers,” Jiang told Tuesday’s press conference.