China denounced the United States on Tuesday for imposing its own sanctions on Iran, saying Washington should not unilaterally take such steps outside of U.N. resolutions.
Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law far-reaching new sanctions on Iran that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic's fuel imports.
China said that the United States and other countries should not expand on the latest U.N. sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.
"China supports the U.N. sanctions. China believes that countries should have correct implementation of the sanctions instead of expanding the sanctions," Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a news conference.
"China has already noted that the United States and other parties have unilaterally put in place further sanctions against Iran," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a news briefing in Beijing.
Turkey and Brazil successfully brokered a deal with Iran on nuclear talks. And Turkey and Brazil voted against the resolution at the United Nations Security Council, the first time a sanctions vote on Iran has failed to pass unanimously.
With the agreement, Iran committed to give the 1200kg of 3.5% enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for 20% enriched uranium it will receive from Western countries to be used as fuel in the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.
Tehran will receive the enriched uranium from the Vienna Group, comprising of the U.S., France, Russia and International Atomic Energy Agency, in Turkey.
"Not long ago, the U.N. Security Council approved resolution 1929," Qin said, referring to sanctions placed on Iran last month. "China believes that the Security Council resolution should fully, seriously and correctly be enforced and cannot be wilfully elaborated on to expand Security Council sanctions measures."
The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate approved the new sanctions bill that penalises companies supplying Iran with gasoline as well as international banks involved with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
As a permanent member of the Security Council and key Iranian ally, China could have vetoed the sanctions, but after considerable international pressure it agreed to support them.
But China has said its support for sanctions should not block efforts to find a diplomatic solution.
Qin repeated that China believed talks were the best way to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear activities.
Iran is a major supplier of crude to China, the world's second-biggest consumer of oil after the United States, providing over 10 percent of imports last year.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed the threat of sanctions, saying Iran could be self-sufficient in gasoline "within one week" if necessary.
Turkey often calls for "fair" stance from global powers before UN vote.
Israel, most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, often threatens the Islamic republic with an attack.
Israel recently refused US and international calls to sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.
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Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Temmuz 2010, 12:08