China has voiced its disapproval of the new unilateral sanctions imposed by the EU against Iran over its nuclear program, urging a negotiated solution through diplomacy.
“China does not approve of the European Union’s unilateral sanctions on Iran,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a Friday statement posted on the ministry’s website, Reuters reported.
On Monday, the European Union’s foreign ministers approved tougher, unilateral sanctions against Iran, which target investment and technical assistance to the country’s refining, liquefaction and natural gas sectors.
The punitive measure goes beyond a fourth round of UN Security Council sanctions imposed last month, targeting Iran’s oil and gas sectors.
In her statement, Jiang further welcomed Tehran’s offer to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to return to negotiations on a nuclear fuel swap for the Tehran research reactor, which makes medical isotopes.