Iran on top of Ashton agenda in China

Iran on top of Ashton agenda in China
Sun Apr 28, 2013 16:56:12

The European Union says Iran’s nuclear energy program has been among the “strategic” issues on the agenda of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton during her visit to China.

Ashton’s visit kicked off on Thursday and was due to wrap up on Sunday. Earlier in April, Ashton headed the P5+1 - permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany - during the group’s latest round of comprehensive talks with Iran in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Chinese experts suggest there is a lack of unity within the P5+1 because the independence of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been undermined.


“The IAEA should shake off the American influence in conducting independent, objective and fair investigation. If the investigation is independent and fair, I think Iran will then cooperate,” said Cui Hongjian, from China Institute of International Studies.


The United States, the Zionist regime and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.


Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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