The latest UN sanctions imposed on Iran are aimed at pushing for resumption of nuclear talks and reactivating diplomatic efforts, not punishing the country, China said on Tuesday.
Chinese Ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya raises his hand to approve the new UN sanctions resolution on Iran, March 3, 2008. Wang said in New York that the sanctions "are not targeted at the Iranian people and will not affect the normal economic and financial activities between Iran and other countries". [Xinhua]
The UN Security Council approved a third round of sanctions against Iran on Monday with near unanimous support, sending a strong signal to Teheran that it needs to heed the call of the international community and suspend uranium enrichment.
The vote was 14-0 with Indonesia abstaining.
For the first time, the resolution bans trade with Iran in goods that have both civilian and military uses. It also authorizes inspections of shipments to and from Iran by sea and air that are suspected of carrying banned items.
The resolution introduces financial monitoring of two banks with suspected links to proliferation activities, Bank Melli and Bank Saderat. It calls on all countries "to exercise vigilance" in entering into new trade commitments with Iran, including granting export credits, guarantees or insurance.
The resolution also orders countries to freeze the assets of 12 additional companies and 13 individuals with links to Iran's nuclear or ballistic missile programs - and require countries to "exercise vigilance" and report the travel or transit of the Iranians.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said yesterday that China still believes negotiations are the best way to resolve the issue. He expressed the hope that the resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are implemented in full.
"China calls on all the relevant parties to show flexibility and find a complete and long-term solution through talks," Qin said, adding that Beijing will continue to play a constructive role to this end.
Chinese ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya said in New York that the sanctions "are not targeted at the Iranian people and will not affect the normal economic and financial activities between Iran and other countries".
He said the sanctions would be suspended, or even terminated, if Iran suspends its nuclear plan and complies with IAEA and UN resolutions.
The new UN resolution reflects not only international concern over the issue, but also the expectations of all parties for an early and peaceful settlement of the issue through negotiations, he said.
"As the impasse on the Iranian nuclear issue is not yet broken, the international community is increasingly calling for strengthened diplomatic efforts and hopes that the parties concerned can find a breakthrough point soon and bring the issue back onto the track of settlement," he said.
Agencies contributed to the story