China, Russia rule out military actions on Iran

Posted in China , Russia , Iran | 24-May-08 | Source: Gulf in the Media

Kuwait News Agency

Chinese and Russian leaders called on all parties to refrain from military and extreme actions against Iran, official news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.

"China and Russia propose the Iranian nuclear issue be resolved through dialogue and equal consultation," said a joint statement signed in Beijing by Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"All parties should consider global and regional security, make diplomatic efforts, refrain from military and extreme means, cautiously resort to sanctions and take into account the interests of the country involved," said the statement, which came out of the two leaders' two-hour talks in the Chinese capital. It said the same rules also apply to other urgent international issues concerning Iraq, reconstruction in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Kosovo, and Darfur, according to Xinhua.

In the seven-page statement, the two countries also expressed concerned about a US plan for a global missile defense system, saying, "The establishment of a global missile defense system is not conducive to strategic balance and stability, efforts on international arms control and non-proliferation, and mutual trust between nations and regional stability."

Medvedev, who arrived in Beijing on Friday afternoon, was the first head of state to visit China following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Sichuan Province on May 12.