China opposed to closing the Strait of Hormuz

Premier Wen calls such actions “extremist”.

China opposes “any extremist actions” regarding the Strait of Hormuz, said Premier Wen Jiabao at a press conference in Qatar, where he arrived on Wednesday evening after a visit to the UAE.

“Any extremist actions against the Strait of Hormuz, whatever circumstances they may be called, will directly against the common interests of people in the world” he said, adding that the most important way of transporting oil should be open to navigation.

Premier Wen Jiabao at the same time stressed that China maintains normal trade relations with Iran.

Premier Wen reiterated China’s position on the Iranian nuclear issue. According to him, it must be solved through peaceful negotiations.

Earlier, Tehran said that if the EU countries to impose a ban on imports of Iranian oil, it will block the Strait of Hormuz – the only sea route for oil and gas exports from the Persian Gulf to other countries, particularly in the United States.

On 12 December last year a member of Iran’s parliamentary commission on national security issues said that the Iranian Navy prepared to hold a military exercise to close the Strait of Hormuz.

The question of the embargo will be discussed by EU foreign ministers on January 23.