BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday
that sanctions cannot "fundamentally" resolve the Iran nuclear issue,
after Western leaders urged expanded sanctions against Iran over a UN
watchdog report that Iran has worked to design atom bombs.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing
that sanctions were not a "fundamental" answer, but Beijing has used
similar words before, when it ultimately voted for United Nations
Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran for its disputed
Hong warned on Wednesday against turmoil in the Middle East from action
over Iran's nuclear program, but declined to comment on the
possibility of new sanctions following the UN report. Veto-wielder
Russia indicated it would block new measures at the UN Security
As permanent members of the Council, China and Russia have the power to veto proposed resolutions.