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U.S. NOTES PROGRESS ON HALTING CHINA'S NUCLEAR AID TO IRAN, WON'T CONFIRM DEAL

White House officials said Saturday they were making progress in efforts to persuade China to halt nuclear assistance to Iran, but they did not confirm a news report that an agreement had been reached.

The New York Times said Saturday that China had agreed not to send any more anti-ship cruise missiles to Iran and agreed in principle to halt nuclear assistance to it.

The Times said that if China signed such an agreement, the Clinton administration could lift a ban on American companies selling nuclear power technology to China.

Traveling with President Clinton, James Steinberg, deputy White House national security adviser, said the United States and China had been having intense talks in advance of a planned summit with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who meets Clinton at the White House Oct. 29.

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