Hong Lei, China:
“Unilateral” US Sanctions Against Iran Above International Law
January 4, 2012
China on Wednesday strongly criticized the United States for imposing
fresh sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program.
amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transits the Strait of Hormuz.
Bataan is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility
conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told reporters in Beijing
that dialogue and negotiations – not sanctions – are the best way to
ease tensions and resolve the dispute.
“China is against one country putting their domestic laws above
international law and placing unilateral sanctions on another country.”
Hong acknowledged that China has what he called “regular, open and
transparent economic and energy interactions with Iran” that do not
violate U.N. Security Council resolutions and will not impair third
party interests. Therefore, he said, such interactions should not be
affected by the latest sanctions.
week, the United States imposed a new round of sanctions against
financial institutions that deal with Iran's central bank. The move
could affect Iran's ability to sell oil on international markets.
China – a key trading partner of Iran – has repeatedly insisted that
Western sanctions against Tehran will make the situation more
complicated and could hurt chances for peace and stability.
Iran is one of the world's largest producers of crude oil, and China is
among its top customers.
Western nations have imposed increasingly tight sanctions against Iran,
believing its nuclear program is aimed at building a nuclear weapon.
Iran has rejected the accusations, saying its nuclear program is for