Iran holds talks with Beijing after China backs US call for sanctions
Guardian / Julian Borger and Ewen MacAskill

Iran's most senior nuclear official today arrived in China for talks, a day after Beijing agreed to begin drafting a UN resolution imposing sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear programme.

Yesterday, the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, said the five permanent security council members, plus Germany, "continue to be unified" in talks on sanctions.

"There will be a great deal of further consultation, not only among the [six], but other members of the security council and other [UN] member nations during the next weeks," Clinton added.

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