Israel Lobbied China to Support New UN Sanctions on Iran
The UN sanctions were quite watered down in all reality. So the US went ahead and unilaterally imposed it's own sanctions. Which may possible hurt China?
Israel lobbied months for the vote, and reports this week indicate much of the Israeli focus was on China. China, followed by Russia, was the most reluctant of the council's five permanent members to support the new sanctions. Beijing's support was critical because the Security Council's permanent members hold veto power.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told VOA that swaying China was a very high priority.
"Since China has a very intense and ramified economic relationship with Iran, it was very important to have China on board not just for the credibility of the resolution but also for its implementation," said Palmor.
Iran is a major petroleum supplier to China, which depends heavily on oil imports to fuel its economic growth.
China has criticized the United States for imposing unilateral sanctions against Iran, saying Washington should not act outside UN resolutions.
Last week, US President Barack Obama signed into law new unilateral sanctions against Iran aimed at preventing Tehran's access to imports of refined oil products.
Iran is a major supplier of crude to China -- the world's second-biggest consumer of oil after the United States -- providing over 10 percent of Chinese imports last year.
A bit more on China's disagreement-
China said Tuesday that the United States and other countries should not expand on the latest U.N. sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program.
China has said its support for sanctions should not block efforts to find a diplomatic solution, and has called for renewed attempts to bring Iran back to the negotiating table.
China's bilateral trade with Iran reached at least $36.5 billion last year. Iran meets 11 percent of China's energy needs and Chinese companies have major investments in Iranian energy extraction projects and the construction of roads, bridges and power plants.
In agreeing to the UN sanctions after much pressure did China, inadvertantly, cut off it's nose to spite it's face ???