Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Liu Weimin's Regular Press Conference (Excerpts)

June 12, 2012

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Q: It is reported that the US announced that sanctions against Iran pursuant to relevant sections of the US National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 will not apply to India, South Africa, the ROK, Taiwan and other economic entities. The US has informed China of the scope and urgency of the sanctions and the two sides are in talks over the issue. What's China's response? Will China reduce crude oil imports from Iran? Are the two sides having discussions on that?

A: China is always against one country's imposing unilateral sanctions on a certain country according to its domestic law, even less will it accept such unilateral sanctions to be imposed on a third country. China, to meet the needs of its economic development, imports crude oil from Iran through normal channels. Being open and transparent, this does not violate any UN Security Council resolution or undermine the interests of a third party or the international community. Thus it is completely legitimate and reasonable. China has made this position clear to the US side.

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