Sarkozy Urges China to Back Iran Sanctions

On his trip to China, President Sarkozy of France is encouraging China to support sanctions against . From the New York Times:

President of France told President Hu Jintao of China that nations would have to impose new sanctions on Iran if it refuses to curb its nuclear program, official Chinese news organizations reported on Thursday.

Mr. Sarkozy’s efforts increased the pressure from a vigorous push by President Obama to get China and Russia to support a new round of sanctions.

“China hopes to use dialogue,” Mr. Sarkozy told Mr. Hu Wednesday during a visit to Beijing, according to China Daily, an official English-language newspaper. “France completely understands China, and we are willing to discuss this problem together at an appropriate time.”

Mr. Sarkozy added, “If dialogue does not work, then we can only use sanctions.”

April 29, 2010, 4:06 PM
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