Chinese premier Wen Jiabao, concluding a visit to the Gulf region, issued China’s stiffest condemnation of Iran’s nuclear program yet. “China adamantly opposes Iran developing and possessing nuclear weapons,” he said.

Wen’s trip is understood to be an attempt to reassure the oil-and-gas producing states most threatened by Iran’s militaristic posture that China would not stand idly by if Iran indeed pursued a nuclear weapon.

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