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9/14/06

Chinese PM reaffirms 'no' to Iran sanctions

Berlin, Sept 14, IRNA-Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Thursday reiterated his opposition to imposing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, DPA reported.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Wen said that the objective is to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute.

Sanctions will not necessarily lead to this objective but could possibly yield an opposite result, Wen added.

The Chinese leader urged Iran to resume nuclear talks with the six powers (US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) as soon as possible.

Wen had earlier this month rejected US calls for imposing sanctions on Iran, branding it "counterproductive".

"Imposing sanctions will not necessarily lead us to our goal and and may even prove counterproductive. The parties involved should be cautious about moving towards sanctions," Wen was quoted as saying in a rare interview with DPA.

"To peacefully resolve the Iranian nuclear issue is in the interest of global peace and stability and easing tensions in the Middle East. We hope the parties concerned will be patient, show flexibility and work for the early resumption of negotiations," he added.

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