BEIJING — China has halted international sales of Silkworm missiles, which have been used by Iran against U.S. shipping in the Persian Gulf, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said today.
"We have taken measures to prevent Chinese-made missiles entering the international market," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Yuzhen said in answer to a question at a weekly press briefing.
Washington has accused Beijing of supplying surface-to-surface Silkworm missiles to Iran, including one that hit an American reflagged tanker last month.
"China sells no weapons to Iran, including missiles," Ma said.
Beijing assured visiting U.S. Undersecretary of State Michael Armacost earlier this month that China would take strict measures to prevent the "diversion" of Silkworms to Iran.