Hillary Clinton 311 187.
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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned on Friday it risks diplomatic isolation
and disruption to its energy supplies unless it helps keep from
developing nuclear weapons.
Speaking in ,
said she and others who support additional sanctions on for refusing to prove it has peaceful
nuclear intentions are lobbying
to back new UN penalties on the Iranian government.
She said she understood 's
reluctance to impose new penalties on , its third-largest supplier of
oil. But she stressed that a nuclear-armed
would destabilize the Persian Gulf and imperil oil shipments gets from
other Arab states in the region.
There is a new push for sanctions at the UN because of 's continued refusal to engage on the matter
with the five permanent members of the Security Council — , ,
, and the — and .
Administration officials have invited new talks with , but with no sign that wants to
do business, the focus has turned to penalties.
"As we move away from the engagement track, which has not produced the
result that some had hoped for, and move forward on the pressure and sanctions
track, China will be under a lot of pressure to recognize the destabilizing
impact that a nuclear-armed Iran would have in the Gulf, from which they
receive a significant percentage of their oil supplies," Clinton said.
The is the
most visible leader in the new push for UN Security Council sanctions, and spent much of her time in
this week lobbying major powers whose support she needs to pass and enforce new
economic penalties. Some of the additional measures that will be proposed
target elements of 's
powerful militia structure, US officials said.
The Obama administration has said
appears bent on developing nuclear weapons, although claims its nuclear work is
is thought to have stockpiled more than enough nuclear material to manufacture
a single bomb, and more is being made daily.
The risks of an Iranian bomb are manifold, said.
"It will produce an arms race," in the Persian Gulf, and will feel its very existence threatened, said in response
to a question from an audience member during a speech at a French military
academy. "All of that is incredibly dangerous."
against a pre-emptive strike on 's
known nuclear facilities, arguing that such an attack would invite an arms race
resisted UN Security Council sanctions, saying they are counterproductive and
harm efforts to persuade
to prove its claim that the nuclear program is peaceful.
met Thursday in with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang
Jiechi to make the case to move ahead with sanctions at the United Nations. US
officials said Yang's response was noncommittal.
In , said her message to the Chinese had
been this: "We understand that right now it seems counterproductive to you
to sanction a country from which you get so much of the natural resources your
growing economy needs. But think about the longer-term implications."