Jintao Talk Iran, North Korea,
SCO, Space Security in Moscow
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Novosti) — The leaders of Russia and China met in Moscow to
discuss the Iranian and North Korean nuclear
and cooperation within a post-Soviet security organization
and in space security.
joint declaration concluding the first day of the Chinese leader’s
three-day visit to Moscow, Vladimir Putin and Hu Jintao said
Iran had the right to peaceful nuclear energy if it observed
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
and China believe that Iran’s nuclear problem must be resolved
purely through peaceful means and negotiations," said
the joint declaration.
nuclear research last January, saying it needs energy. The
move caused international concerns that Tehran could be working
on a secret weapons program.
China, which belong to the six international negotiators on
Iran, urged the Islamic Republic to implement resolutions of
the UN Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors.
UN Security Council voted to toughen sanctions against
Iran over its failure to meet the requirements set in December’s
resolution and give up nuclear research.
also proposed restarting negotiations from scratch, and promised
aid in civilian nuclear energy development and direct investment
in key sectors of the economy in return for Iran’s consent
to abandon uranium enrichment.
to the new sanctions by saying it would reduce cooperation
with IAEA inspectors until its nuclear file is returned to
the agency from the UN Security Council. President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said the resolution would not stop his country’s
nuclear program "for a second."
is building a $1-billion nuclear power plant in southern Iran,
has been following a softer stance on Iran and opposed any
tighter sanctions against the country.
and Chinese leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to bringing
about a solution to North Korea’s nuclear problem.
and China reiterate their positions in favor of the Korean
Peninsula’s non-nuclear status, which is of vital importance
to peace and security in the Asia Pacific Region," the
China are two of six negotiators on North Korea, which also
include South and North Korea, Japan, and the United States.
held since 2003, made a breakthrough in February when the North
agreed to shut down its nuclear reactor and the U.S. said it
would unfreeze North Korean accounts in a Chinese bank in return.
But negotiations stalled March 19-22 over delays with the transfer
of money from the accounts.
and Chinese leaders also raised the question of weapons deployment
in space and called for negotiations on an international agreement
to prevent such programs.
Hu said "a special committee to discuss a relevant draft
agreement should be re-established at a conference on disarmament
meeting in Moscow, Putin and Hu also agreed to maintain intensive
cooperation in other international affairs, including within
the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Russian leader
are positive that our joint efforts will help enhance the security
of Russia and China, and will promote stability in Central
Asia, in the Asia-Pacific Region and in the world as a whole," Putin
said after Hu announced last week the SCO was preparing for
Russia and China, the organization presently includes Kyrgyzstan,
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India, Iran, Mongolia,
Pakistan and Afghanistan have observer status.
ambition of the SCO is to ensure regional security by combating
drug trafficking, illegal arms trade, and trans-border crime.
It also works to boost economic cooperation in the region and
to create favorable conditions for trade and investment. Promotion
of closer cultural and humanitarian ties is another important
area of the alliance’s activity.