US asks China to cooperate in sanctions on Iran
Laaska News Jan 27, 2012
The United States is calling on China to cooperate in sanctions against Iran and to block Iran’s exports of crude oil.
Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai in Washington on Thursday. Details of the meeting have not been released.
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a briefing that the US has sent a message to countries around the world that they should reduce their dependence on Iranian oil. She said the US will continue to discuss the issue with China.
The US passed a law last month that bans financial institutions from doing business with Iran’s central bank. The move was made in response to Iran’s nuclear program and is aimed at weakening the country’s oil trade.
But China, a major importer of Iranian oil, has taken a negative stance over the measure.