China to send lower-level official to New York talks on Iran

China has decided to send a lower-level official to attend talks in New York about Iran's nuclear programs, the U.S. State Department said.

China to send lower-level official to New York talks on Iran

China has decided to send a lower-level official to attend talks in New York on Saturday about Iran's nuclear programs, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

The other nations are expected to send their foreign ministry political directors to the meeting.

United States and its Western allies will seek some fresh sanctions to impose on Iran over its nuclear activities.

Iran says its nuclear program is designed to generate power so it can export more of its valuable oil and gas.

But the United States accuses Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of its civil nuclear program.

"We are aware that their representation will be below the level of political director," said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. "It will be a useful meeting to have regardless of the Chinese representation."

"We are going to continue to engage China, and other countries, to convince them that the urgency of the situation requires not only additional engagement, which China does support, but additional pressure, which obviously China is still working through," he told reporters.

Reuters
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