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The Chinese top official looked to forge closer ties with Iran even as Iranian media reported Iranian that UN inspectors have visited the heavy water production plant that Iran agreed to open to inspection last month.
Last month Iran agreed to allow expanded UN monitoring at the country’s nuclear sites.
The Iranian president on Sunday described ties between China and Iran as “strong” and “strategic”.
China’s state councilor Yang said Beijing supports Iran’s rights to the peaceful use of nuclear technology, and that the “rightful demands and reasonable concerns of Iran” should be taken into consideration.
“Iran’s achievements in talks with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) played a highly determining role in the establishment of regional and international security and stability,” Yang said on Sunday.
Yang urged Tehran to “seize the opportunity and continue to participate in the talks with flexibility and pragmatism so as to seek a solution most acceptable to all”.
Rouhani and Yang also discussed the crises in Afghanistan and Syria.
Iran and the P5+1 — the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany — reached a historic agreement in November with Tehran agreeing to curb its nuclear activities in exchange for limited sanctions relief.