Despite differences, US can work with China
Washington: Welcoming the decision of Chinese President Hu Jintao to attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington later this month, the White House said this shows that despite differences both the countries can work together on key issues like nuclear proliferation.
"We are pleased that China is coming to the event," the White House Press Secretary, Bill Burton, said.
"As we have long said, we have an important relationship with China, one in which there are many issues of mutual concern that we work on together," Burton said yesterday, adding that there are differences between the two nations at the same time.
"I think this proves the point that despite those disagreements, we can work together on issues like nuclear proliferation."
Burton said China understands "it`s in their best interest that there isn`t a nuclear arms race in the Middle East" and vowed to "working on" it.
China`s participation at the highest possible level reflects dragon`s concern as well about nuclear security in the future, the State Department said.
With China joining the UN talks on Iran sanctions, Burton said this is a very important step.
"The (US) president feels that we`ve been able to unite the global community in a way that it hasn’t been united before in putting pressure on Iran and halting their drive towards nuclear weapons.”
"We`re going to continue that process, and the president thinks that this spring we’re going to be able to be in a place where there’s an agreement of those nations to apply real pressure to Iran," he said.
Meanwhile, the State Department spokesman said China has indicated a willingness to be a full participant as the UN Security Council members go through the specifics of what would be in a resolution.
"China has supported every sanctions regime in the past regarding Iran... has said clearly that it desires a diplomatic solution to this," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, PJ Crowley, said.
"We want to see Iran respond to the international community and it has failed to do so."
Crowley said the US and China are responding to the "same set of facts" and significant efforts have been taken by the international community to engage Iran seeking answers to the questions which were raised by construction of nuclear sites violating IAEA obligations and revelation of Qom facility that has "no civilian nuclear explanation whatsoever".
"So to the extent that the ongoing recalcitrance of Iran, its unwillingness to come forward and engage in any significant way, China now recognises, as we do, that part of this diplomatic effort, is the continuing offer of engagement, but it’s also the fact that we are now at a point where we need to consider very specific steps that put pressure on the Iranian Government and demonstrate to them that there will be a consequence for their failure," he said.