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Cablegate: China On Irisl: Unscrs Require Adequate Proof To

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OO RUEHCN RUEHGH RUEHVC
DE RUEHBJ #2609 1841007
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 021007Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY BEIJING
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8400
INFO RUEHOO/CHINA POSTS COLLECTIVE
RUEHVEN/USMISSION USOSCE 0112
RUCNDT/USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 2024
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS

S E C R E T BEIJING 002609

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/02/2028
TAGS: ECON EFIN EWWT ETRD PARM PINR PREL KNNP EUN
CH
SUBJECT: China on IRISL: UNSCRs Require Adequate Proof to
Implement

Ref: State 69339

Classified by Political Officer Ted Lyng. Reasons 1.4
(B/D).

1. (S) PolOff conveyed reftel points regarding
implementation of the cargo inspection clause of UN
Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1803 to MFA Arms
Control Department Missile and Conventional Weapons
Division Deputy Director Yu Dunhai on July 2. Yu responded
that China implements UNSCRs in strict keeping with their
provisions, and the UNSCRs related to nonproliferation
require adequate proof or evidence. UNSCR 1803 allows
cargo vessels to be searched only if there is "reasonable
grounds" to believe that the vessel is carrying items
prohibited by UNSCRs 1803, 1737 and 1747. As such, it is
important to implement the resolution so as not to disrupt
legitimate transactions, because transnational shipping is
a legitimate right of all UN member nations. PolOff
reiterated that in the past prohibited cargo has been
interdicted from the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line
and therefore the company merits special attention.

RANDT

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