Is China selling arms to Iran?
How should U.S. respond to Chinese?
- Duration 3:18
- Date Mar 7, 2012
How should U.S. respond to Chinese?
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There is concern around the world about a nuclear armed Iran but how -- Iran.
Now isn't that a question we should be asking my next guest says China is playing in major role.
Helping Iran to develop an arsenal on missiles capable of hitting the United States joining me now Gordon -- foreign affairs correspondent.
At the Daley's support and -- -- -- -- here and here here.
Well looks like China has been selling -- -- it's DF 31 missile which has a range of 4300.
Which is just about enough to reach Alaska.
Now these reports are consistent with things that we know to be true that Chinese enterprises have been sourcing Mitt Mitt materials and components for -- -- nuclear and missile programs.
And also -- China despite repeated American please.
Allowed North Korea to use the Beijing airport to transfer missiles to Iran.
By now the evidence against China is overwhelming.
So let's talk about what's in it for China Leo we we talk about what could have been.
-- there's a nuclear arms race in the Middle East but also just an unstable Middle East and China as well as -- -- -- depends upon the Middle East Iran Saudi Arabia.
-- oil so why would China want -- -- why would they wanna add more instability to the region.
Well they shouldn't but there are -- couple of things that they're looking out one of them is that if China is able to get Iran on side on its side.
-- there for a sort of undermines Russia's presence and of course there's a lot of rivalry between Moscow and Beijing.
And and also.
Because if they can get the atomic Ayatollah is on their side they also get a lot of oil and gas.
And you know the more of relationships they have with governments in the Middle East.
The more those governments are not going to help the winters in China -- and -- province who want to be free of Beijing so Merrill lot of means a lot of incentive for airport Beijing just -- Not only missile technology but also.
-- -- weapons technology to Iran.
There's a lot of different dynamics has -- -- plays you mentioned Gordon one of the things that we've been talking a lot about are these sanctions in.
And we know that China is not completely on board when it comes to sanctioning.
Our ride that you mention that the United States -- brought this up with China they're sales with Iran but there's really no.
Consequence to China a continuing business so what should we do as a nation how -- we engage China on this issue.
Well because we want -- -- China to bring it into the international system we haven't been criticizing China especially in public.
You know we have sort of seeing China as the partner to help us stop Iran.
But China is not the partner it's not part of the solution unfortunately it looks like it is in fact the problem.
So in order to really deal with Iran we also have to deal with -- sponsor which is China now.
And so does that mean sanction China.
Well you know that very -- -- -- -- -- because these sanctions that were put in place at the end of the last year in the defense appropriations bill big kick in on July 1 these are the sanctions on the Iranian financial.
And you know we may have to give waivers to China.
Because China deals with the Iranian financial institutions this is going to be a very big political issue come the beginning of July.
Going to be an issue of political courage that's for -- -- really for sex and not give the waivers if that's indeed the course that we -- -- go on court and we hope to have you back to talk more about that.
Thank you as always for joining us thank you.