Friday, April 6, 2012

China Voices Concern Over Use of Force on Iran

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong said today in Beijing that an attack on Iran would invite devastating retaliation that would envelop the region and destabilize the global economic recovery. Chen asked the international community to show restraint and avoid war.

"If force is used on Iran, it will certainly incur retaliation, cause an even greater military clash, worsen turmoil in the region, threaten the security of the Strait of Hormuz and other strategic passages, drive up global oil prices and strike a blow at the world economic recovery," Chen said.

"There may be 10,000 reasons to go to war but you cannot remedy the terrible consequences of plunging the people into misery and suffering and the collapse of society and the economy caused by the flames of war," Chen added.

Chen’s strong warning shows the serious concern of the Chinese leadership over the possibility of a war with Iran over its nuclear program. Speculation is growing that Israel could launch some form of strike against Iranian nuclear installations.

"The international community has a responsibility to restrain itself from war," Chen said.

Source: Reuters, 6 April 2012

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