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China Urges US to ’Correct’ Iran Sanctions
By Staff, Agencies
China urged Washington Friday to "correct" sanctions imposed on Chinese companies accused of helping Iran acquire materials for its nuclear program.
US 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 spokesperson, 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 US 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 UN restrictions on materials that can be used for nuclear programs.
Geng said Beijing rejects Washington's unilateral sanctions.
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