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China says sanctions no solution to Iran nuclear issue

(People's Daily Online)

08:10, November 11, 2011

Beijing, Nov.11 (People's Daily Online)- China on Thursday said sanctions cannot fundamentally resolve the Iran nuclear issue, after some countries called for sanctions against Iran after a recent United Nations watchdog report said Iran has engaged in the development of nuclear weapons.

"We, as always, believe that dialogue and cooperation are the only effective approaches for properly resolving the Iran nuclear issue. Imposing pressure and sanctions cannot fundamentally resolve the issue," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily press briefing.

Hong's comments came after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday said in its latest report that credible evidence shows Iran has engaged in projects and experiments relevant to the development of nuclear weapons.

Hong said the top priorities are stepping up diplomatic efforts, promoting dialogue between Iran and six countries -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany -- and seeking substantive progress from the cooperation between the IAEA and Iran.

Hong called on the IAEA to take a fair and objective stance, commit itself to working with Iran to clarify related issues and resolve those issues within the IAEA framework.

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McCarthy at 2011-11-11206.125.69.*
It is highly unlikely that the IAEA will take a fair and balanced approach to the Iran nuclear issue. It appears that the IAEA is more of a shill for the imperialist west than an objective and fair investigative agency. The United States, Isreal and the UK are elvaluating what China"s response to an invasion and air campaign of Iran would be. It is essential that China make it crystal clear that any such action would be met with unforeseen consequences for the imperialists.
DrObserver at 2011-11-11111.240.61.*
I hope the leadership of China steps up its support of Iran, as they have for DPRK. Without such visible support, the US/West will see it as an invitation to do what they want, as in Libya.

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