China lodges an official protest with the United States over new US sanctions on Iran that target a Chinese business tied to Tehran’s ballistic missile program.

“The Chinese side is always opposed to unilateral sanctions, to the frequent implementation of unilateral sanctions, especially when it hurts interests of third parties,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says.

The administration of US President Donald Trump yesterday decided to stick by a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and continue waiving sanctions related to its atomic activities.

But it balanced the decision with new measures against Iranian defense officials and a Chinese business linked to Iran’s ballistic missile program.

“We think (this kind of sanctions) are unhelpful in enhancing mutual trust and unhelpful to the international efforts to solve this issue,” Hua says at a regular press briefing.

— AFP

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