Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Renewed focus on China position on Iran sanctions

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BEIJING -- Tougher statements from Russia are putting renewed focus on China's reluctance to agree to new a new set of international sanctions against Iran.


China - which relies on Iran for much of its energy supplies - maintains that now isn't the right time to discuss such measures and that the door to negotiations with Iran remains open.


Russia has also been dubious about sanctions, but Moscow officials on Tuesday said Iran's decision to enrich uranium to higher levels has raised new doubts about Tehran's nuclear program.


World powers fear the Iranian nuclear program might be a cover for building atomic weapons. Iran says the program is peaceful and aims to generate power for its growing population.


Chinese companies also have major investments in Iranian energy extraction and the construction of roads, bridges and power plants.

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