UNITED NATIONS — China says sanctions can't resolve
concerns about Iran's nuclear program and backs diplomatic negotiations
as the best way to achieve a peaceful settlement.
UN ambassador Liu Zhenmin made the comments at a UN Security
Council meeting Thursday after the chair of the committee monitoring
three rounds of sanctions against Iran presented a report.
Western powers including the United States are pushing for a fourth
round of sanctions because of Iran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment
and have sent a revised proposal to Russia and China.
Lu said the door to dialogue with Teheran has not closed, and he called
on Iran to strengthen cooperation with the International Atomic Energy
Agency to remove doubts about its nuclear intentions.