CHINA HAS blocked western efforts to impose a fresh round of UN sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, saying diplomatic efforts to stop Tehran building atomic weapons are ongoing.
Envoy Zhang Yesui laid out China’s case as his country took over the presidency of the Security Council and called for “time and patience” in dealings with Iran.
Tehran already has been hit with three rounds of sanctions for refusing to comply with demands that it halt sensitive nuclear activities and US president Barack Obama and other western powers want a fourth raft of sanctions to raise the pressure. China and Russia are resisting these efforts.
“This is not the right time or right moment for sanctions because the diplomatic efforts are still going on,” Mr Zhang said in New York.
Senior foreign ministry officials from China, Russia, the US, Britain,
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