Thursday, December 02, 2004

Proliferation Threat: US Sanctions Chinese Firms

The New York times reported today that the "U.S. government has imposed sanctions on three Chinese firms and a Chinese citizen accused of violating American restrictions on supplying Iran with weapons-related goods or technology."

The US sanctioned the Chinese firms and also one North Korean company for the illegal sales of unidentified goods to the Iranians. It is interesting to note that China, North Korea, France, Germany and Russia have consistently been aiding would-be proliferators in recent years, while working to block any US-UK action to stem the tide.

A spokesperson for the Chinese government, Zhang Qiyue, commented on the sanctions by stating that "China stands firmly against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.''