Beijing: China`s Foreign Minister said on Sunday new sanctions on Iran will not solve the standoff over its nuclear program, while chiding the United States after two months of tensions between the big powers.
"As everyone knows, pressure and sanctions are not the fundamental way forward to resolving the Iran nuclear issue, and cannot fundamentally solve this issue," Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told a news conference on the sidelines of China`s annual Parliament.
Washington and other Western powers want China to approve a proposed United Nations resolution imposing new sanctions on Tehran, which they say wants the means to make nuclear weapons and has violated non-proliferation safeguards.
Beijing has previously resisted calls for harsh sanctions against Iran, a big source of oil for China, and Yang emphasised his government`s reluctance, while stopping short of outright opposing any new UN resolution.
"Frankly speaking, there are some difficulties surrounding efforts to settle the Iranian nuclear issue at present, but we don`t think diplomatic efforts have been exhausted," he said.
Tehran denies it wants to build an atomic bomb and says its uranium enrichment is for future electricity generation and for medical isotopes.