Diplomatic solution on Iran still best: Steinmeier

23rd January 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 January 2006, BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a TV interview Sunday that a diplomatic solution to the dispute with Iran over Tehran's nuclear research programme was still the best.

23 January 2006

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a TV interview Sunday that a diplomatic solution to the dispute with Iran over Tehran's nuclear research programme was still the best.

He told ARD television he did not think the west should be caught up in a "mental militarization", adding, "We have to exhaust the diplomatic options that we still have at our disposal." His remarks were released before the current-affairs programme was broadcast.

Asked about calls for military pressure on Iran, he said, "We are working to ensure such an escalation does not happen.

"I think we have shown a lot of patience already. It was in 2003 that the international nuclear monitors established that the nuclear ambitions in Tehran were incompatible with the non-proliferation treaty."

He said several of Iran's bets had not paid off.

"Iran was counting on succeeding in splitting the international community," he said.

"So far that has not happened. and I think we can see that the interest in not allowing a spread of weapons of mass destruction, especially nuclear weapons, predominates in the (International Atomic Energy Agency) Board of Governors," he added.

Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said Sunday that the doors for diplomacy were open in the ongoing dispute.

An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman earlier rejected a report that Tehran had sent a new compromise proposal to Steinmeier.

DPA

Subject: German news

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