U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY LEADERS CALL ON CHINA TO JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN IRAN SANCTIONS STRATEGY
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| February 13, 2012
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WASHINGTON -- On the eve
of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington this Tuesday, a
bipartisan coalition of U.S. national security leaders have come together to
urge China to join international efforts to help address Iran's nuclear program.
In an open
letter to Vice President Xi, distinguished veterans of the U.S. foreign policy and
national security community, all members of the Partnership for a Secure
America's Advisory Board, encouraged China to significantly reduce Iranian oil
imports to help advance a peaceful resolution to fears of a nuclear-armed Iran. Amid elevating discussion of military options
to eliminate this potential threat, the letter supports coordinated economic
pressure as a means of bringing Iran to the bargaining table.
pressure on Iran to prevent its nuclear program from developing into a weapons
program is the best way to avoid the kinds of conflicts that represent a danger to regional stability," said former US Sen. Gary Hart. "We are calling on Vice
President Xi to take a message back to Beijing that leaders from across the
American political spectrum support efforts by the United States, China, and
the international community to work together to reduce this threat."
former Republican and Democratic officials, the letter encourages closer
collaboration between the United States and China in our shared pursuit of
security and stability in the Middle East and beyond. It also identifies
Chinese participation in international efforts to use greater economic leverage
to help bring Iran into the bargaining table as an important immediate step the
two countries can take together.
A list of signatories and the full text of the statement is found below and online at PSAOnline.org.
US Senator (R-TN) 1967-85
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Undersecretary of State 2001-09
US Senator (R-WY) 1981-87, 1989-2001
US Congressman (D-IN) 1965-99; Co-Chair, PSA Advisory Board
US Senator (D-CO) 1975-87
Chair, International Peace Institute
Nancy Kassebaum Baker
US Senator (R-KS) 1978-97
Secretary of the Navy 1981-87
Richard C. Leone
President, The Century Foundation 1989-2011
Secretary of Defense 1994-97
Homeland Security Advisor 2004-08
Deputy Secretary of State 1985-88
Ambassador Frank Wisner
Under Secretary of State 1992-93
TEXT OF LETTER
Dear Vice President Xi,
As a group of American
national security leaders from both parties, we welcome you to the United
There are few relationships
in the world more central to peace, prosperity, and security in the
twenty-first century than that between the United States and China. We hope
that your visit to the United States will be an opportunity to build ever
stronger collaboration between our two countries.
We were delighted when
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao stated last month that China "adamantly opposes Iran
developing and possessing nuclear weapons." We share your government's
view that a nuclear-armed Iran would create dangerous and unpredictable
security challenges in the Middle East and beyond.
Like you, we believe that the
international community has a responsibility to prevent Iran from developing
nuclear weapons and that our countries have the potential to work closely
together to prevent this from happening.
As calls for military action
rise, we also share your country's view that a negotiated settlement to this
impasse is by far the most desirable outcome. This option, however, will be far
more likely if the entire international community, including China, comes
Recently, the United States,
the European Union, and others have agreed to eliminate their imports of
Iranian oil as long as Iran continues to move forward in its nuclear weapons
program and in its defiance of the
United Nations Security Council. We believe that the value of these
sanctions is to encourage the kind of diplomatic breakthrough on Iran's nuclear
activities that both of our nations seek.
In the context of your
historic trip to the United States, we therefore urge you to make clear that
China will significantly reduce its imports of oil from Iran, uphold the applicable resolutions of the
United Nations Security Council, and use its economic influence with
Tehran, coupled with robust diplomacy, to help resolve this issue peacefully.
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