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China enters talks on Iran sanctions as U.S. softens hardline stance

China pledged on Wednesday to enter talks with the U.S. and other allies to create a proposal for sanctioning Iran for its uranium enrichment program. The U.S. had, in the past few days, softened its hardline stance slightly in order to persuade China and Russia to enter into the discussion. In an effort to secure cooperation, the U.S. removed a provision proposing sanctions aimed at choking off Tehran’s access to international banking services and capital markets and closing international airspace and waters to Iran’s national air cargo and shipping lines, among other changes. China’s recent cooperation represents an encouraging step forward, since for months it had refused to participate in the discussion and sent only low-level diplomats to the discussions.

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