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China: Stop the war 'immediately'

Many nations have raised questions about the legality of the strikes.
Many nations have raised questions about the legality of the strikes.

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BEIJING, China (CNN) -- China has called for an immediate end to the U.S.-led war against Iraq, criticizing the United States for ignoring the desire for peace among the nations and peoples of the world.

Kong Quan, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a news conference Thursday that China was "deeply concerned" about the beginning of hostilities and called on "relevant countries to immediately stop military action" and return to the road of peaceful resolution.

Kong said China "regretted" the end of the inspections regime, and repeated China's belief that "the goal of removing weapons of mass destruction from Iraq can be attained through peaceful means."

The United States, he said, violated the U.N.'s charter with its actions and would "find itself become even more isolated."


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