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Congressional delegation presses China on Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top U.S. Congress members met with senior Chinese officials and urged the isolation of Iran.

The delegation expressed "deep disappointment with recent multi-billion-dollar energy deals signed with Iran by Chinese state-owned companies," said a statement from the office of U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, who is leading the bipartisan delegation.

“This is exactly the wrong signal to send to Iran at a time when Tehran continues to enrich uranium in defiance of the international community,” it said.

"In my meetings, I have emphasized to leaders here that China and the United States share a common goal of preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability and ensuring that peace and stability are maintained in the Middle East," the statement quoted Berman as saying.

"I also urged the Chinese that we must continue to work in close cooperation with each other and our partners in the Security Council to convince Tehran to change direction before it’s too late," Berman said.

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