China to US: Correct Iran Sanctions 07/19 06:09
China urged Washington on Friday to "correct" sanctions imposed on Chinese
companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program.
BEIJING (AP) -- China urged Washington on Friday to "correct" sanctions
imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its
U.S. pressure on Iran and its "long-arm jurisdiction" against companies in
third countries is the "root cause" of tension with Tehran, a foreign ministry
"China has consistently and resolutely opposed the United States imposing
unilateral sanctions and so-called long-armed jurisdiction over other
countries, including China," said the spokesman, Geng Shuang. "We urge the
United States to immediately correct this wrong approach and earnestly respect
the legitimate rights and interests of all parties,"
The U.S. Treasury said Thursday it imposed sanctions on what it called a
network of front companies and agents. It said they are based in Iran, China
and Belgium. The Treasury gave no details but said the purchases violated U.N.
restrictions on materials that can be used for nuclear programs.
Geng said Beijing opposes nuclear proliferation but rejects Washington's
"We resolutely oppose any form of proliferation activities, always strictly
implement relevant international obligations and stay committed to
international cooperation on non-proliferation," Geng said.