TEHRAN (FNA)- Beijing supports Iran's inalienable right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, Deputy Head of the Department of Arms Control of China's Foreign Ministry Li Song said.
As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran enjoys the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy, Li said on Wednesday.
He also called on the IAEA to provide further information regarding certain aspects of its latest report on Iran's nuclear program, including its sources of information.
The official also urged the IAEA to promote a proper solution to Iran's nuclear issue.
Late in February, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano released his latest report on Iran's nuclear program.
After seven years of constant inspections, the report once again confirmed the non-diversion of Iran's nuclear activities towards military and banned objectives.
But the report still says Tehran must halt its uranium enrichment activities, as demanded by four United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The report also claimed that Iran has not been abiding by some of its obligations, an allegation Iran strongly rejects.
Iran said that all of its nuclear activities are under the full-scope safeguards of the IAEA and that Tehran has been cooperating with the agency far beyond its legal obligations.
Meantime, Iran's IAEA Envoy Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh said hours after Amano's new report on Iran's nuclear program that Amano has changed his tone in the latest IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program.
Speaking to FNA, Soltaniyeh said, "For the first time, the report has considered IAEA activities and demands based on Iran's NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) undertakings and separate from the UNSC (UN Security Council) demands."
"This is the first step towards reforming the verification language as demanded by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) from the (IAEA) director-general," the Iranian diplomat said.
China used a top-secret SC-19 anti-satellite (ASAT) missile in a test last year against a target missile as part of a missile-defense system that remains shrouded in secrecy.
The ASAT missile was fired against a new medium-range missile and details were disclosed in a State Department cable made public recently by WikiLeaks that included an outline of a diplomatic protest note to Beijing about both Chinese weapons programs.
The cable provides the first detailed U.S. assessment of what defense officials say is a major strategic advancement in China’s military buildup. It reveals that China’s anti-satellite system was developed for use not only against satellites but is part of a larger strategic missile-defense system.
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Biden replied that this is a good idea but included the caveat that he was not authorized to make such decisions.