Saturday, November 06, 2004

Powell discusses Iran with ChinaPowell discusses Iran with China - (United Press International)

Powell discusses Iran with China - (United Press International): "Powell discusses Iran with China

Beijing, China, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing spoke with his U.S. counterpart Colin Powell by telephone ahead of Li's upcoming trip to Iran, his ministry said Friday.

It was the first time the two had talked since George W. Bush won a second term as U.S. president.

Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said at a press conference Thursday that Li would be visiting Iran on Nov. 6-7, and would discuss the issue of Iran's nuclear program within the framework of the International Atomic Agency.

State-run Xinhua news agency reported that Li and Powell discussed ways to advance Sino-U.S. ties, kick starting the stalled six-party talks dealing with North Korea's nuclear ambitions, as well as enhancing bilateral cooperation in areas ranging from economy and trade to anti-terrorism and law enforcement.

The U.S. Secretary of State and Chinese Foreign Minister also exchanged views on ways to properly resolve the nuclear issue with Iran during their telephone conversation."

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