China will continue to seek peaceful solution to the Iran nuclear crisis, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Thursday, after Beijing agreed to discussions on new sanctions on Tehran. The United States and other Western powers have said China has agreed to serious negotiations about a proposed new UN Security Council resolution on Iran.
According to Reuters, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also said that President Hu Jintao will attend a multi-nation summit on nuclear security in Washington this month, ending weeks of uncertainty about whether he was going. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang confirmed during a news conference that Hu would attend the Washington meeting.
US President Barack Obama will host the summit on April 12-13, and some observers had speculated Hu would not go because of recent tensions between the two powers. "China strongly values the nuclear security issue and opposes nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism," said Qin.