President Nicolas Sarkozy 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.”