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China Says Time Not Right for Iran Sanctions

Tuesday, 05 Jan 2010 10:42 PM


UNITED NATIONS — China's UN ambassador Zhang Yesui said Tuesday it is too early to contemplate new sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt sensitive nuclear fuel work, and called for more diplomacy.

His comments came after the United States on Monday said "the door is still open" for Iran to meet world demands on its nuclear aims, but warned it was discussing with its allies the "next steps," which could include sanctions.

China and Russia have been more reluctant to impose sanctions on Iran than the other UN Security Council members -- the United States, Britain and France -- or Germany, which works with the five to try to curb Iran's ambitions.

"This is not the right moment for sanctions," said Zhang, who chairs the UN Security Council this month.

He told reporters here that current diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful settlement "still need some more time and patience," echoing a view expressed by the Chinese foreign ministry in Beijing.

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