BEIJING — China is defending its business relationships with Iran after recent pressure from the United States to fully follow new sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program.
"China's trade with Iran is normal business exchange, which will not harm the interests of other countries and the international community," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in comments published Thursday in the China Daily newspaper.
"As a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, China has always observed the council's resolutions," Jiang said.
The comments come after the U.S. State Department's special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, Robert Einhorn, this week said China should fully support the newest U.N. sanctions on Iran.
Senior U.S. officials are touring China, Japan, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates to demand compliance with the new, fourth round of U.N. Security Council measures.