The Obama administration will urge China and other governments in Asia, the Middle East and South America to impose sanctions on Iran in a widening effort to persuade the regime to abandon any pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The U.S. government is concerned Iran may be working with Chinese companies to obtain sensitive technology that may be useful for developing a nuclear weapons capability, Robert Einhorn , the State Department’s special adviser for nonproliferation and arms control, said yesterday.
A senior U.S. official said Japan agrees on the need to increase pressure on Iran to prevent the Mideast nation from developing nuclear weapons, and sought to ease concerns that doing so will drive up oil prices.
The specter of Crimea hangs over Iran’s nuclear talks resuming today, as world powers locked in a confrontation over Russia’s move to annex the region find themselves on the same side during negotiations with the Islamic Republic.
Whether Iran should scale back its missile program and dismantle a mountainside enrichment facility are among issues complicating the task for the Islamic Republic and world powers trying to build on a temporary nuclear accord.