China cool to new Western sanctions against Iran
China's U.N. ambassador made clear that Beijing was not close to new sanctions against Iran, saying the issue needed "more time and patience."
China's U.N. ambassador on Tuesday made clear that Beijing was not close to new sanctions against Iran, as called for by Western powers, saying the issue needed "more time and patience."
"This is not the right time or right moment for sanctions because the diplomatic efforts are still going on," China's U.N. Ambassador Zhang Yesui told reporters through an interpreter.
He said senior foreign ministry officials from China, Russia, the United States, Britain, France and Germany would meet later this month to discuss Iran's nuclear program, which Western powers claim aimed at developing nuclear weapons, not to generate electricity as Tehran insists.
"The efforts aimed at diplomatic negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue still need some time and patience," said Zhang, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council this month.
"Trying to bridge differences and finding a settlement through diplomatic efforts -- there's still space for such efforts," he said.
Iran has already been hit with three rounds of U.N. sanctions for refusing to suspend sensitive nuclear activities.
Beijing and Moscow, like Washington, Paris and London, have veto powers on the 15-nation Security Council and could block any new sanctions resolution against Tehran.
Reuters Last Mod: 05 Ocak 2010, 23:46