RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- China is warning Iran against developing nuclear weapons, observers said.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, on a visit the Middle East, appeared to be trying to send Iran the message that China will not alienate itself from the rest of the world with regard to Iran, a foreign policy expert told Britain's Daily Telegraph.
"China adamantly opposes Iran developing and possessing nuclear weapons," Wen said.
The Washington Post said China cut its oil imports from Iran this month nearly in half to 285,000 barrels a day.
"Iran would not have wanted China to make this statement, but Iran must understand that if it comes down to a choice China will not alienate itself from the rest of the world for the sake of a single country," Yu Guoqing, a researcher on the Middle East at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Telegraph.
On Wednesday, Wen said China opposed Iran's threats to blockade an important oil-transport route through the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has threatened to close the strait if an oil embargo is imposed against the country.