OTTAWA — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that China agrees Iran must not become a nuclear weapons power and that the fellow Security Council member will play a role in forging sanctions against Iran at the United Nations.
In the Canadian capital for a meeting of top diplomats from the Group of Eight leading industrialized democracies, Clinton said that despite China's general opposition to international sanctions, it will contribute to the process at the U.N.
The United States is leading the charge to penalize Iran for refusing to prove its nuclear ambitions are peaceful. China is a permanent member of the Security Council and can block sanctions with a veto, so its support for sanctions will be crucial.
China has been holding up consideration of new sanctions, saying diplomacy must be given time. But last week it appeared to soften its position in a conference call among senior officials from the six nations working most closely on the matter, according to diplomats.