China’s President Hu Jintao called on his Iranian counterpart Friday, June 8, to be “flexible and pragmatic” ahead of talks on Tehran’s nuclear program, Agence France Presse
reported. Hu also urged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear agency, as the two leaders held talks in Beijing ahead of the next round of talks between world powers and Iranian negotiators to try to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said in an earlier meeting with the Iranian leader that Beijing opposes any Middle Eastern country seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. Russia, which will host the next meeting of the so-called P5+1 group – the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany – later this month, also issued an indirect caution against acquiring nuclear weapons.