China urges Iran to show flexibility, pragmatism
BEIJING (AP) -- China is urging Iran to show flexibility and pragmatism in new rounds of international talks over its nuclear ambitions.
President Hu Jintao's nudging remarks Friday during a meeting with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad indicate Beijing's desire to be seen as a constructive force on the issue. China and Russia have been criticized at times for maintaining warm ties with Tehran and opposing stiffer sanctions to compel it to shut down its highest-level uranium enrichment and meet other demands.
Hu also told Ahmadinejad that Iran should work more closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency to resolve the issue through dialogue and negotiations.
Iran insists it has no intention of making nuclear arms.