INTERNATIONAL

Iran's Jalili heads for China

Atul Aneja

DUBAI: Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili is heading for China as the U.S. has mounted a high profile effort to impose sanctions against Tehran.

Mr. Jalili will meet high-ranking Chinese officials when he commences his visit to Beijing on Thursday.

Reiterating that Washington and Beijing were not on the same page on the question of sanctions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday more diplomatic initiatives were required to address the Iranian issue.

“We will continue to work with all parties towards the solution of the

Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic and peaceful means,” said Mr. Qin. “China has not changed its stance on the Iranian nuclear issue. We insist on safeguarding international nuclear non-proliferation regime, and we also take into account regional peace and stability.”