China urges the United States not to abuse force

BEIJING: The United States should not abuse force and instead seek solutions through dialogue, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a call with his Iranian counterpart on Saturday.

The dangerous US military operation violates the basic norms of international relations and will aggravate regional tensions and turbulence, Wang told Javad Zarif according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, referring to the Iraqi Friday assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani . .

A US drone attack killed Soleimani, head of the Quds Force, I ran foreign operations arm - before dawn on Friday in Baghdad , an attack that has generated fears of a regional war between Washington and Tehran .

I ran promised "severe revenge" in response, as a number of nations -- including China -- urged restraint.

China opposes the use of force in international relations. There is no way out for military means, nor for extreme pressures, Wang said in his Saturday call with Zarif, according to the ministry.

China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is a key partner of Tehran and major buyer of I ran ian oil.

I ran , China and Russia held joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman last week and the I ran ian foreign minister visited Beijing earlier this week.

China and Russia are also parties to the 2015 nuclear deal with I ran , from which US President Donald Trump He retired in May of last year. (

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