Clinton says China under pressure for more Iran sanctions

U.S. is trying to pressure Beijing for tougher sanctions against Iran on its nuclear programme, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Clinton says China under pressure for more Iran sanctions

The United States is trying to pressure Beijing for tougher sanctions against Iran on its nuclear programme, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday.

China was "under pressure" to agree to new sanctions on Iran, Clinton told an audience in Paris, saying that efforts to negotiate with Tehran were clearly failing.

The five permanent Security Council members -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China -- along with Germany have been negotiating with Iran, but U.S. officials say drafts of possible sanctions should circulate among the group soon.

Russia and China -- which reluctantly supported earlier sanctions -- have appeared less eager to impose fresh curbs this time, complicating efforts to show a united front.

Iran says the programme is designed to generate electricity so it can export more of its valuable oil and gas. But Washington and its western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

In unusually blunt comments addressed to China, Clinton said all members of the U.N. Security Council needed to move ahead with sanctions on Iran over the nuclear dispute.

"The argument we and others are making to China is: we understand that right now it seems counterproductive to you to sanction a country from which you get so much of the natural resources your growing economy needs," she said.

"But think about the longer term implications," added Clinton, who personally lobbied Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Thursday while they were both in London.

Iran says the programme is designed to generate electricity so it can export more of its valuable oil and gas. But Washington and its western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran says the programme is designed to generate electricity so it can export more of its valuable oil and gas. But Washington and its western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Clinton noted that China also got oil from elsewhere in the Gulf region.

"As we move away from the engagement track, which has not produced the results that some had hoped for, and move forward (on) the pressure and sanctions track, China will be under a lot of pressure to recognize the destabilizing impact that a nuclear-armed Iran would have in the Gulf, from which they receive a significant percentage of their oil supplies," she said.

Clinton made the comments during a question-and-answer session following a speech in which she emphasized the need for international cooperation to boost security worldwide.

During her quick trip to Europe, Clinton has worked hard to raise support for sanctioning Iran.

China's Yang appeared less agree on Thursday, repeating Beijing's contention that Iran should be given more time to negotiate before any sanctions are considered.

Reuters

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