Rivlin to Chinese envoy: China should sanction Iran

November 10, 2011 14:19


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Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin warned Chinese Ambassador to Israel Gao Yanping of the dangers posed by "fundamentalists" in possession of nuclear weapons a day after China said it was reticent to join the West in imposing stricter sanctions on Iran.

Meeting with Gao on Thursday, Rivlin acknowledged that China had requested time to review the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) report on Iran's progressing nuclear program, but said "the attempt to gain time when there is not time is deceptive."

Rivlin added: "China is approached the status of a superpower. We believe that if China also joins the movement to sanction Iran, it will be effective."

The Chinese envoy responded, saying "China is a very responsible nation. Our position vis-a-vis Iran is well known. We are against nuclear armament."

"We are conducting a thorough investigation of the IAEA report. We will consider the findings and then make our decision," Gao said.

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