EU hopes for fresh signals from Iran: Steinmeier

15th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 September 2006, BRUSSELS - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday said the European Union was hoping for fresh political signals from Iran which could solve the nuclear row with the West. Steinmeier said talks between EU Foreign and Security Chief Javier Solana and Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani had apparently led Tehran to "a process of intensive political thinking" which could result in new moves on the Iranian side. The German minister said he hoped that another Solana-Lar

15 September 2006

BRUSSELS - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday said the European Union was hoping for fresh political signals from Iran which could solve the nuclear row with the West.

Steinmeier said talks between EU Foreign and Security Chief Javier Solana and Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani had apparently led Tehran to "a process of intensive political thinking" which could result in new moves on the Iranian side.

The German minister said he hoped that another Solana-Larijani meeting would prompt Tehran to come up with fresh offers in the ongoing nuclear dispute.

"We will continue to stand ready for negotiations (with Iran)," Steinmeier told reporters at the margins of an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.

EU diplomats said that Solana and Larijani aides meeting Thursday had prepared the ground for a further round of talks between the two top negotiators. Time and place for a new meeting are not yet set.

Solana and Larijani postponed a meeting scheduled for Thursday in Paris, arguing this would give both sides more time to find a compromise.

The US is calling for sanctions to be imposed on Iran if the country continued to reject a UN resolution which had demanded it suspend uranium enrichment by August 31.

The EU has instead said it wants to give priority to diplomacy on the issue, but officials have also warned that discussions on possible sanctions against Tehran will resume if Iran is not willing to compromise.

DPA

Subject: German news

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