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Attack on Iran 'would be a disaster' (2)

By Li Lianxing (China Daily)

08:15, January 11, 2012

"We also oppose some countries who unilaterally impose sanctions on Iran," he said, adding that sanctions do not solve the causes of conflict but intensify them.

"China will stick to the UN resolution regarding sanctions on Iran, but unilateral sanctions by some countries have harmed those that have normal trade relations with Iran," he added.

Gao Zugui, researcher with the Research Institute for International Strategic Studies, said China and the US have different positions and interests regarding Iran, making it difficult to reach consensus.

Jin Canrong, deputy dean of the School of International Relations at Renmin University of China, said China has proven its constant principles and stance on Iranian issues.

"China previously voted for sanctions on several companies and individuals that might be related to nuclear weapons research," he said. "But increasing sanctions will inevitably harm Iranian civilians and Iran's normal trade interests with other countries."

Chen said China supports the nuclear non-proliferation system and opposes Iran developing nuclear weapons, but he stressed that the right of Iran to use nuclear power peacefully should be respected.

Chen said China welcomes Iran's move to restart nuclear negotiations and urged relevant parties to ensure regional peace and stability.


Chen also emphasized that China is strongly against countries doing a "Libya" on Syria as it would be disastrous for the region.

"China supports the Arab League's mediation because it is a relatively feasible way of resolving Syrian issues under the current situation," he said. China is against any military intervention in the country, he said.

An inclusive political dialogue and negotiation among the parties in Syria is the key to the crisis and also the key to peace and stability in the Middle East considering Syria's pivotal geographic position, Chen said.

Wu Jiao contributed to this story.

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PD User at 2012-01-18114.198.10.*
To the US Marine-You are the world terrorists and bullies- Not Muslims .You are all paranoid that someone will attach you -after all you did have a civil war where you fought fellow country men. Your country has no hesitation to attach anyone they feel like and justify it when the locals fight back.You have the nerve to call the insurgents -they are only trying to get heir country backHow do you think you would act if someone invaded the USA! By the way -I am from Australia, White, middle class
Ron at 2012-01-12113.239.224.*
Sam Teng If you are going to smoke this much dope you have to bring enough for everybody
Chinhomiah at 2012-01-12180.129.84.*
All too frequently empires go to war without realising that the outcome can topple their leaderships and lead to their own dissolution. The The German Kaiser, the Romanovs and the Austrian-Hungarian Empire all approached World War 1 convinced that they will win the war, and totally unprepared for the forces that the Great War unleashed. America is so confident of its military might that it may be on the verge of committing the same folly. When will the reactionary leaders of America realise that even the greatest of empires does not fully control the actions of men nor the outcome of wars. Who is to say that in the longer term, an American attack on Iran may well unravel the contradictions of Imperial America and make it even more glaringly clear that the country is on the way to becoming a has-been power.
Bob at 2012-01-12124.207.194.*
It"s already begun. We just popped another one of their nuke scientists. Hell yeah!!!!
US Marine at 2012-01-12124.207.194.*
We will be there soon. We"re only 32 years too late because Jimmy Carter was such a coward. I hope I get deployed. I"m so ready to kill some more muslim pigs!

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