April 13th, 2010
05:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama: China concerned about economic impact of Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that China was concerned about the global economic impact of tougher sanctions against Iran.
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that China was concerned about the global economic impact of tougher sanctions against Iran.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Tuesday that China was concerned about the global economic impact of tougher sanctions against Iran.

At a news conference concluding a two-day nuclear security summit, Obama said negotiations among the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - including China - sought agreement on the issue of Iran sanctions.

Obama did not offer any indication of when the issue might be resolved, only saying he wanted a conclusion as soon as possible.

Chinese officials have said in recent days that diplomacy, not sanctions, is the best strategy for dealing with Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The Chinese are "obviously concerned about what ramifications this might have on the economy generally," Obama said, noting Iran is an oil-producing state. "I think that a lot of countries around the world have a trade relationship with Iran. We're mindful of that."

At the same time, Obama said Iran has repeatedly flouted international regulations regarding its nuclear energy program, raising concerns in the international community.

"Words have to mean something," Obama said of the international agreements and agencies that regulate nuclear activity.

Tougher sanctions against Iran would be designed to show the Tehran government that it would realize more costs than benefits to pursue a
non-peaceful military nuclear program, Obama said.

"I think these negotiations can be difficult," Obama said, promising to make the strongest case he can.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Obama the Liar

    China is playing the Obama like guitar hero....giving the novice a lesson.

    April 13, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Tim

    Obama needs to get back out his bribery checkbook and write China a check. See, the Chinese are quick learners, they see Obama bribing everyone else for healthcare votes, so now they are holding out their hands.

    Pretty simple, really.

    April 13, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Andreas

    "Words have to mean something". Funny, Mr. Obama, why not focus all your nuclear-proliferation energies on Israel, with its nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and stealth, nuclear-capable submarines? The very same country in violation of countless international laws and UN Security Council resolutions?

    April 13, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Hunter_Henry

    China is really concerned about the use of force, or sanctions. They prefer "talk". That explains their modernization of their Armed Forces, and their actions in Tibet – where they "talked" to death hundred of Tibetans, among other minorities in mainland China. This, beside, their occupying of other countries' lands in the South China sea. It's precisely because of their worrying about the economy alright. The Chinese economy, that is. How do you feed 1.3 billion people? By screwing other countries. That's how!

    April 13, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Willie12345

    Talk, talk, talk, talk .............. followed by nothing. This is the hallmark of the Obama administration.

    April 13, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Kenneth

    I would support for A World free of nuclear weapon strategy from our President, Obama. I also concerned both US and World Economies on the path of rebounding. we could have a strong sanctionto Iran or any others countires trying to obtain a deady nuclear weapon, Iran is a country with a large of oil producing, we need to think about this therefore US firstly need to have be independence oil resources and energy nation. We can starting drill own our oil resouces for a short term, as the same time we need to make a big investment in solar technology and other green energies where we can produce not only for businesses but consumer using daily. In fact, my family have to pay from $200-$300 every months for eletricity bill, I hope one day in my home roof or my partial of backyard, i can generate eletricity and contribute back to our great nation.

    April 13, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  7. hal

    Great! Let everyone have a chance to blow us up and we can't do anything about it!

    April 13, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Bob

    China should be mindful of the fact that the US is their largest customer, and the CUSTOMER is always right. They might be more concerned if Iran tried to nuke a neighbor and got a multi-megaton response for their trouble. The dimwit that runs the place hasen't figured that out yet.

    April 13, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  9. Ebuka

    What d world power have to knw is even they try 2 stop them they because iran is the must highly populated tarriorist nation in d world.so americ should first destry d eggs b for geting d mother

    April 13, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. Jerry - Florida

    Mr. President, correct me if I am wrong, but are these the results that you refer to as successful? I recommend that you reevaluate and rethink the meaning of success.

    Oops! Sorry!!! I forgot you are too busy pushing healthcare down our throats, creating jobs out of the blue, traveling all over the country and the world, bullying the opponents of your policies and acting stupidly with Israel and other honest and sincere allies.

    April 13, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. surfsup

    Put Somali pirates on ships carring Iranian oil. Help Somalia hinder Iran and keep the Chinese in check. After all it's the pirates who have stopped the flow of oil not USA!

    April 13, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Sunny

    Wow...China concerned about putting "pressure" on Iran???? Did China use diplomacy in dealing with Tibet? Putting down the protests? and I am sure they would not be so kind to Hong Kong when they decide to increase their defenses! Why the hek are we concerned about RED China? Could they just be bankrolling us? Scary world we live in...I hope our grandkids and great grand kids don't have to bow to these people some day.

    April 13, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |