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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 
nuclear program.

   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 
spokesman said.

   "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 
unilateral sanctions.

   "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.


(CZ)

 
 
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