Xinhua reported that Jiang said China has been paying close attention to the development of the Iraq situation. The new report submitted by two UN institutions several days ago indicated that nuclear inspections had made progress.

‘Our stand does not change,’ Jiang was quoted as saying. Xinhua reported that Jiang told Chirac that nuclear inspections should be carried on and the Iraq issue should be settled by political means within the framework of the UN. ‘It is unnecessary to have a new resolution,’ Jiang said.