Sunday, September 7, 2008

China Backs Iran at U.N.

"China Calls for Peaceful Resolution of Nuclear Standoff" by EDWARD WONG

BEIJING — President Hu Jintao of China urged other nations on Saturday to negotiate a resolution to Iran’s nuclear issue during a meeting with Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, making clear again that China disapproves of any move by Western countries to attack Iran with military force.

Mr. Hu met with Mr. Ahmadinejad on Saturday in the Great Hall of the People here after Mr. Ahmadinejad flew into Beijing to attend the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games, which began in the evening.

Xinhua, the state news agency, reported in its own words that Mr. Hu had said that that China “respects Iran’s right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy” and “adheres to the peaceful settlement of the Iran nuclear issue through dialogues and negotiations.”