China said on Thursday that the Iran’s controversial nuclear program had reached “a new, crucial stage,” calling for Tehran to begin a new round of talks with world powers. (Reuters, 27 September)
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi made the comment after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew a “red line” for Iran's uranium enrichment program during his speech at the U.N. General Assembly. Netanyahu said if Iran acquired enough medium-enriched (20 percent purity) uranium to be able to convert it into highly enriched fuel to build a nuclear weapon it would have crossed the red line and could face military action. The prime minister said at the current pace, Iran should reach that stage in 6-9 months.
“The Iranian nuclear issue has reached a new, crucial stage,” Yang said in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly. “The relevant parties should remain committed to a diplomatic solution and begin a new round of dialogue as soon as possible.” (Reuters)