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U.S. Reportedly Pressuring China on Iran

Thursday, 26 November 2009 11:09 PM

WASHINGTON — Senior US officials traveled to China two weeks before President Barack Obama's trip there to pressure Beijing to further isolate Iran, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Senior National Security Council aides Dennis Ross and Jeffrey Bader warned Chinese officials of severe consequences if Beijing did not join other countries in condemning Iran for ignoring UN resolutions and building a secret uranium enrichment plant, the Post said.

The US officials told the Chinese that Israel considers Iran's suspect nuclear program an "existential issue and that countries that have an existential issue don't listen to other countries," a senior administration official told the newspaper.

Bader and Ross namely warned their Chinese counterparts that Israel could bomb Iran, triggering a regional conflict, raising oil prices, hampering China's oil supplies but also possibly encouraging further nuclear proliferation, the official added.

The pressure has yielded results, with Beijing informing Washington it would endorse a US-backed statement criticizing Iran's nuclear activities, according to the Post.

The statement was part of a draft resolution that could be taken up during a two-day meeting of the UN atomic watchdog's board of governors that began Thursday in Vienna.

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