Volume 35, Issue 1
COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
|Obama Warns Jintao: US Not Able To Stop Israeli Attack On Iran|
President Barack Obama has warned his Chinese counterpart that the
United States would not be able to keep Israel from attacking Iranian
nuclear installations for much longer, senior officials in Jerusalem
They said Obama warned President
Hu Jintao during the American's visit to Beijing a month ago as part of
the U.S. attempt to convince the Chinese to support strict sanctions on
Tehran if it does not accept Western proposals for its nuclear program.
The Israeli officials, who asked to remain
anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the United States
had informed Israel on Obama's meetings in Beijing on Iran. They said
Obama made it clear to Hu that at some point the United States would no
longer be able to prevent Israel from acting as it saw fit in response
to the perceived Iranian threat.
Beijing summit, the U.S. administration thought the Chinese had
understood the message; Beijing agreed to join the condemnation of Iran
by the International Atomic Energy Agency only a week after Obama's
visit. But in the past two weeks the Chinese have maintained their hard
stance regarding the West's wishes to impose sanctions on the Islamic
The Israeli officials say the
Americans now understand that the Chinese agreed to join the
condemnation announcement only because Obama made a personal request to
Hu, not as part of a policy change.
have even refused a Saudi-American initiative designed to end Chinese
dependence on Iranian oil, which would allow China to agree to the
sanctions, said the Israeli officials.
Arabia, which is also very worried about the Iranian nuclear program
and keen to advance international steps against Iran, offered to supply
the Chinese the same quantity of oil the Iranians now provide, and at
much cheaper prices. But China rejected the deal.
Since Obama's visit, the Chinese have refused to join any measures to
impose sanctions. The Israeli officials say the Chinese have been
giving unclear answers and have not been responding to the claims by
Western nations. Beijing has been making do with statements such as
"the time has not yet arrived for sanctions."
China's actions are particularly problematic because China will take
over the presidency of the UN Security Council in January. Western
diplomats say China would have no choice but to join in sanctions if
Russia agrees to support them, but China could delay discussions and
postpone any decision until February, when France becomes council
The Israeli officials say Russian
President Dmitry Medvedev is showing a greater willingness for
sanctions on Iran, despite hesitations by Foreign Minister Sergey
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