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China opposes ‘unilateral sanctions’ by EU

world Updated: Jul 02, 2012 00:44 IST

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China has reiterated its opposition to unilateral sanctions against Iran.

The Chinese foreign ministry expressed the country’s opposition again after Washington exempted China and Singapore from sanctions over purchasing oil from Iran, reported China Daily.

“Beijing is always opposed to one country’s unilateral sanctions against another country on the basis of its domestic law. It is even less acceptable for such unilateral sanctions to be imposed on a third country,” said foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Hong made the remarks at a news briefing in response to the decision by the US State Department.

The spokesperson said China’s import of crude oil from Iran through normal channels was meant to meet its economical development needs.