U.S., China clash on exports to Iran

The United States and China disagree over whether some Chinese exports to Iran violate sanctions.

“Some Chinese entities continue to supply items and technology useful in weapons of mass destruction, their means of delivery, and advanced conventional weapons programs of concern, despite the U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Don Mahley, a deputy assistant secretary of state, said Thursday at a session told the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, according to Reuters.

China signed on to two sets of sanctions in Security Council resolutions aimed at inhibiting Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons programs. “There have been transfers, which we have addressed with the Chinese, in which we believe that the transfers were not permitted by U.N. Security Council resolutions 1737 and 1747,” Mahley said.

China disagreed with the U.S. assessment, added Mahley, who would not specify what materials were supplied except to say they “might well be involved with the Iranian missile program as well as the Iranian nuclear program.”

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