Astana: Underlining dialogue and negotiation as the only solution to nuclear issue, Presidents of Iran and China have discussed regional and international developments and ways of expanding bilateral ties.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is in Kazakhstan to attend the Tenth Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, in a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao here on Tuesday afternoon, called ties between the two countries ‘strategic’ and ‘sustainable’ and underlined necessity of increasing and consolidating bilateral, regional and international cooperation between Tehran and Beijing.
Referring to importance of coordination between the two countries concerning regional issues and north Africa, Ahmadinejad said that Iran believes nations of the region are able to solve their own problems and interference of alien countries in the regional issues, not only does not help solve the problem, but makes them more complicated.
Ahmadinejad, by referring to Iran’s nuclear issue, appreciated China’s transparent stance in this concern and added that Iran has always been eager for interaction, dialogue and logic and today we are ready again for constructive and positive dialogue and we believe if both sides take the path of dialogue and interaction instead of confrontation, it will be beneficial for both sides.
Referring to historical and cultural commonalities between Iran and China, Ahmadinejad stated that mutual relations in recent years have had a noticeable growth and Iran, considering its existing capacities, has proposed clear offers for promoting ties and cooperation.
Govt says 9 North Koreans defected by boat in Yellow Sea Seoul, Jun 15 (Yonhap) A group of nine North Koreans crossed the tense western sea border into South Korea last week, officials said today, the latest in a string of defections that could further complicate inter-Korean relations.
The defectors waved their hands aboard an engineless boat and expressed their wish to defect last Saturday when spotted by South Korea’s military, the officials said on the condition of anonymity.
The nine North Koreans include three adult men, two adult women and four children, suggesting that they may be family members.
The North Koreans are being questioned by South Korean officials about their motives and their defection route, the officials said.
The development comes amid lingering tensions over the North’s two deadly attacks on the South last year that killed a total of 50 South Koreans, mostly soldiers.
“The defection could have negative influences on inter-Korean relations,” said Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korea expert at Dongguk University in Seoul. He also said it could illustrate the severity of chronic food shortages and economic difficulties in the North.
The impoverished North has vowed to build a prosperous and powerful nation next year, the centennial of the birth of the country’s late founder, Kim Il-sung, but it has made a series of appeals for food assistance from the international community.