An Iranian oil worker 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)
China said Thursday that EU sanctions on Iran are "not constructive," AFP quoted Chinese media sources as saying.
"To blindly pressure and impose sanctions on Iran are not constructive approaches," Beijing's foreign ministry said.
On Monday, the European Union announced new sanctions on Iran
which it hopes will deter Tehran from pursuing its nuclear program. The
sanctions, targeting Iran's vital oil exports and its central bank,
will come into full effect by July 1.
places the EU and the United States on a unified path aimed at damaging
the Iranian economy to force Tehran's compliance with the international
community. Sanctions by the two have already hit the Iranian currency;
the rial has been steadily losing value against the dollar, prompting
extreme intervention measures by Tehran's central bank
is Iran's top trading partner, and has consistently opposed the use of
sanctions against Tehran. According to AFP, bilateral ties between the
two countries have expanded in recent years, partly thanks to the
withdrawal of Western companies in line with sanctions against the
In a recent trip to Saudi Arabia, the United
Arab Emirates and Qatar, China’s Premier Wen Jiabao defended his
country’s oil trade with Iran. Wen noted, nevertheless, that his country
is opposed to Iran achieving nuclear weapons.Reuters contributed to this report.