May 25, 2010 / 12:06 PM / 8 years ago

US had productive talks with China on Iran-Clinton

BEIJING, May 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she had productive talks with China on annexes to proposed sanctions on Iran that would detail the people and firms to be targeted by tighter rules.

Clinton also condemned a nuclear fuel swap plan Tehran has proposed to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a ploy to evade sanctions, and said she had discussed its deficiencies with her Chinese counterparts.

"We had productive discussions on completing the annexes and proceeding to the Security Council with the resolution and annexes," Clinton told a news briefing after two days of high-level talks with Chinese officials.

A draft resolution was circulated earlier this month to impose fresh sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, but the so-called P5+1 group of major powers has not agreed on the "annexes" that would list companies and individuals who might face specific penalties.

The group includes the five countries with a permanent seat and veto power on the Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — and Germany.

Clinton, who was in Beijing with a delegation for two days of economic and foreign policy talks said that a nuclear fuel swap plan hammered out by Iran, Turkey and Brazil did not resolve worries about Tehran’s motives.

"We discussed at some length the shortcomings of the recent proposal put forward by Iran... There are a number of deficiencies with it that do not answer the concerns of the international community," she said.

Clinton cited Tehran’s announcement that it would not stop enriching uranium to higher levels even after signing the deal to send some of the fuel abroad.

It launched work to enrich uranium to a 20 percent level in February. Further enrichment would be needed to make weapons.

The agreement was "a transparent ploy to avoid Security Council action", she added.

Tehran’s ambassador to Moscow was quoted as saying on Tuesday that Tehran will reconsider the deal if the U.N. Security Council imposes further sanctions. [ID:nLDE64O0P9]

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Emma Graham-Harrison)

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