Tehran Times – October 17, 2009
Just two days after Russia scorned a proposal by the United States to impose new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, the Chinese premier declared on Thursday that Beijing will maintain its good relationship with Tehran.
The responses by China and Russia, two UN Security Council veto-wielding powers that are in the 5+1 group of countries currently negotiating with Iran, dashed the hopes of the United States and its French and British allies, which have been working hard to adopt a new Security Council resolution imposing new economic sanctions on Tehran.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on Tuesday that threatening Iran with new sanctions would be “counterproductive” – especially since negotiators from Iran and the 5+1 group (France, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, and Germany) gathered in Geneva on October
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