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China opposes excessive pressure, new sanctions on Iran


08:48, September 21, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- China is not in favor of putting excessive pressure or imposing new sanctions on Iran over Tehran's controversial nuclear program, a senior Chinese diplomat to the UN said here on Thursday.

Wang Min, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the statement at a Security Council meeting, where Colombia's UN Ambassador Nestor Osorio, also the chair of the 1737 Committee, reported the committee's latest work.

The 1737 Committee was established on UN Security Council Resolution 1737 adopted in 2006. The committee is tasked with monitoring a set of sanctions against Iran established by Resolution 1737 and subsequent Council resolutions.

The Iran nuclear issue bears on the authority of the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and peace and stability in the Middle East, Wang noted.

"China has always maintained that the relevant resolutions of the Security Council should be fully implemented, but sanctions are not the fundamental objective of resolutions," he said. "We are not in favor of putting excessive pressure or new sanctions against Iran. We are firmly against use or threat of use of force. "

According to Wang, China consistently stands for a peaceful settlement of the Iran nuclear issue through dialogue and cooperation.

"The parties concerned should continue to work on the principles of progressive development and mutual respect, advance the dialogue in pragmatic and steadfast manner, try by all means to find common ground and gradually find the solution to the Iran nuclear problem," Wang said. "This is not only in the common interests of all parties but also the wide expectation of the international community."

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