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China blocks Iran sanctions

China on Thursday threw a roadblock in the path of a U.S.-led push for sanctions against Iran, saying that it is important to continue negotiations as long as Iran appears willing to consider a deal to give up some of its enriched uranium.

world Updated: Feb 06, 2010 01:12 IST

China on Thursday threw a roadblock in the path of a US-led push for sanctions against Iran, saying that it is important to continue negotiations as long as Iran appears willing to consider a deal to give up some of its enriched uranium.

“To talk about sanctions at the moment will complicate the situation and might stand in the way of finding a diplomatic solution,” Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said at a conference in Paris.

US officials had initially hoped they could push through a United Nations sanctions resolution this month or next, but China’s statement suggests that it may take months of haggling to achieve that goal. That, in turn, would upend the delicate diplomatic process needed to fulfill the Obama administration’s wish to see “crippling sanctions” in place early this year.