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Unformatted text preview: n threatening sanctions on countries that fail to substantially decrease their imports of oil from Iran.
Professor Jin's remarks contradict those made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week, when she said China was being granted a
temporary exemption from penalties because it had complied with US demands. China's Foreign Ministry has long said it opposes
American sanctions and Chinese experts agree their country has no intention of buying less Iranian oil. The
governments of America and its allies accuse Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons, and are trying to force it to stop enriching uranium.
Iran says that, as a party to the Non Proliferation Treaty, it has the right to enrich uranium for a civilian nuclear program, and has no interest in
nuclear weapons. Its nuclear facilities are under near constant monitoring and supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency which has
detected no diversion of material. America’s intelligence agencies have said they don’t believe Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Iran’s
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