Prepared Statement by Ilan Berman Before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission: China's Proliferation to North Korea and Iran, and its Role in Addressing the Nuclear and Missile Situation in Both Countries

September 14, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile

It is a topic of utmost importance. Today, Iran’s nuclear ambitions have emerged as a cardinal challenge for the United States and its allies. Over the past four years, the Islamic Republic’s concerted quest for a nuclear capability has catalyzed a widening international crisis. 

Tehran’s intransigence in this stand-off has been made possible in part by its strategic partnership with Beijing. Since the start of international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program some three years ago, China has worked actively to dilute the effectiveness of any global response. It has done so initially through its vociferous opposition to Iran’s referral to the United Nations Security Council, and more recently by its resistance to the imposition of multilateral sanctions against Tehran.