Wednesday, November 9, 2011

China warns of turmoil over Iran, mute on sanctions

China Wednesday warned against the unrest in the Middle East against Iran's nuclear plans to take action, but declined to comment on the possibility of new sanctions measures, a United Nations report, Iran seems to have an atomic bomb design.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China is "learning" the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report, and has repeatedly called for a peaceful solution through negotiations.

"I would like to point out that China opposes proliferation of nuclear weapons against any Middle East countries develop nuclear weapons, Iran as the" Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, "a signatory to assume responsibility for nuclear non-proliferation," he told a daily press conference.

Hong said, "Iran should also show flexibility and sincerity, and to engage in serious cooperation with IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"I want to emphasize that in this region and the international community in order to avoid the security environment in the Middle East turmoil fresh is very important."

Hong Kong does not mention sanctions, and said that China is in no hurry to return to the UN Security Council issue, but said that all parties should do more to promote dialogue and cooperation.

"I have already pointed out, China has always advocated dialogue and cooperation to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue," he said, when asked the new U.S. unilateral sanctions against Iran possibilities.

Chinese policy makers between the Iranian oil into the needs and concerns, the United States and its allies will require tougher sanctions against Iran, even the risk of military action, the Agency concluded that Iran appears to have an atomic weapon design.

China and Iran maintained close ties, but also support the previous UN Security Council resolution criticizing Iran's nuclear issue and the limited authority's position on sanctions.

However, China has repeatedly proposed sanctions against the West, could seriously undermine Iran's energy and economic relations. China, as one of five permanent members of the Security Council has the power to veto any resolution.

China has also its own separate sanctions against Iran, condemning the United States and the European Union, and that they should not exceed the relevant resolutions of the United Nations to take measures to achieve.

"White hot"

China's national newspaper, said, between Iran and the West's standoff on Iran's nuclear program may be a military conflict.

"People's Daily, said:" Obviously, the Iranian nuclear issue between the parties to the extent of competition heated up, or even a showdown of the cliff, on the front page of comments.

If Iran refuses to return to the United States to face more and more convinced that it is developing nuclear weapons, "will increase the risk of war, said:" document that reports that Israel might consider military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities.

People's Daily China's ruling Communist Party's largest newspaper, largely reflects official thinking, as well as Beijing's latest report of the UN nuclear agency weighing concerns.

China's official Xinhua News Agency that Beijing will also alert to respond to the report. Xinhua News Agency said in a commentary, the IAEA is still "a lack of conclusive evidence."

, "It said:" There were no witnesses or physical evidence to prove that Iran is making nuclear weapons.

"In dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue, which is extremely dangerous to rely on suspicion, and the devastating consequences of any armed action will endure for a long time."

China is likely to face tough choices as it tries to maintain a stable, which may introduce new unilateral sanctions against Iran with the United States. [ID: nN1E7A71OB]

"If these sanctions harm the substantial interests of China, then China will have to respond in a way," Li said, China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, the Secretary-General, government-controlled institutions.

, "Lee said in an interview with reporters:" It will certainly have an impact on bilateral relations.

Responsibility lies with China?

Iran is China's third largest crude oil supplier, shipping in the first nine months of 2030 tons, at the same time last year, almost one-third, according to Chinese data. The first nine months, the value of $ 32.9 billion, growth of total trade between the two countries, an increase of 58%.

"Responsibility, really in China, as the only country with Iran's economic relations have grown up," Susan Maloney expert at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington against Iran, in a telephone interview said.

In the past year or more, China has quietly stuck in the Iranian oil and gas investment, from Washington to seek to resist the strict unilateral sanctions, while retaining a foothold in Iran. However, the implicit transaction will be subject to increasing pressure, especially from the U.S. Congress, Maloney said.


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