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Iran: EU sanctions “not constructive”, according to Beijing

The sanctions imposed by the European Union against Iran to persuade the country to abandon its nuclear program are “not constructive,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry in a statement quoted by the New China News Agency on Thursday.

“Exercising blindly pressure and impose sanctions on Iran is not constructive approaches,” the statement said.

The statement said that China has “always advocated the settlement of international disputes through dialogue and consultation.” China hopes that parties concerned will take measures conducive to peace and regional stability.”

On Monday the Council of the European Union approved the adoption of an embargo on shipments of Iranian crude to force Iran to cooperate with the international community over its controversial nuclear program. All member countries of the EU must stop importing Iranian oil before 1 July under the new sanctions.

The EU also intends to take financial measures, aimed in particular the Central Bank of Iran, and punish the Iranian transport sector, exports of gold products and sensitive dual-use technologies. In addition, the Council expanded the list of Iranian officials and agencies, subject to sanctions.

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