Posted by: mulrickillion | January 13, 2012

Attack on Iran ‘would be a disaster’

By Li Xianxing, Jan 11, 2011 —

Unilateral sanctions intensify causes of conflict, senior diplomat warns

BEIJING – China strongly opposes the use of military force against Iran or Syria, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday, warning that a war in the region will be a disaster both on a humanitarian level and for the world economy.

Chen Xiaodong, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of West Asian and North African Affairs, also told China Daily that unilateral sanctions intensify the causes of conflict rather than resolve them.

Chen’s remarks come a day after Vice-Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai told China-based foreign reporters that sanctions alone cannot solve the Iran dispute and stressed that normal trade relations and energy cooperation between China and Iran have nothing to do with the nuclear issue.

The diplomats were speaking against the backdrop of rising tension between Iran and the West over the purpose of Teheran’s nuclear program.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, allegedly, to seek support from China for US sanctions on Teheran’s oil industry. . . .

Attack on Iran ‘would be a disaster’|Politics|chinadaily.com.cn

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