The US and its western allies achieved a diplomatic breakthrough of sorts on Friday after China joined talks at the United Nations in New York to consider a fourth round of sanctions against Iran.
But both Beijing and Russia stressed they had not closed the door to a diplomatic solution to the stand-off with Iran over the country’s nuclear ambitions.
…China had previously insisted that it was too early even to consider more sanctions against Iran. Beijing’s participation in the talks marks a softening of this stance.
The six powers dealing with Iran on the nuclear issue are following a “dual track” policy, offering Iran the incentive of negotiations coupled with the pressure of further sanctions.
After the latest talks, Li Baodong, Chinese ambassador, stressed the importance of the former. “The dual-track approach is actually focused on diplomacy.”