China has confirmed it has received an invitation to tour Iran's nuclear sites but did not immediately say if it would send anyone.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a news conference Tuesday that Beijing has received an invitation and was in communication with Iran.
The tour could happen the weekend of Jan. 15, according to a letter made available Monday to The Associated Press. In it, senior Iranian envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh suggested that meetings "with high-ranking officials" are envisaged.
The invitation, also made to Russia, the European Union and Iran's allies among the Arab and developing world, comes ahead of a new round of talks.
Hong said China hopes the dispute over Iran's nuclear program would be resolved through dialogue.