Remarks by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu on Iran Sanctions (Excerpts)

September 24, 2009

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Q: I have two questions. Firstly, will China support new sanctions against Iran? Secondly, Australian military said today that it would not support Wuhan Iron and Steel Group's investment in an Australian mining company on sensitive security ground. How do you react to that? Do you think that could affect China-Australia relations?

A: On your first question, Imposition of sanctions and pressure is neither a solution nor conducive to the diplomatic efforts to solve the Iranian nuclear issue. The joint statement released by the six Foreign Ministers after they met in New York yesterday stressed that the six countries should be committed to resolving the issue through dialogue and negotiation, and that they prefer to resume negotiation with Iran at an early date. We hope relevant parties could seize the current opportunity and step up diplomatic efforts with a view to generating positive results out of the meeting of six-nations plus Iran and the meeting between the EU and Iran.

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