Friday, April 06, 2012

China Warns Against Attack on Iran

Foreign Ministry Official Chen Xiaodong Issues
Strongest Warning Yet on Dangers of Iran War

The comments by Chen Xiaodong, head of the foreign ministry's West Asia and North African affairs division, was China's strongest warning yet not to use force to resolve the [Iranian nuclear] dispute.

"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," he 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 said on a web chat hosted by Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily.