German FM: No military sanctions against Iran

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17 July 2006, BERLIN - The international community does not plan to impose military sanctions on Iran, despite having referred the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme back to the UN Security Council, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday.

17 July 2006

BERLIN - The international community does not plan to impose military sanctions on Iran, despite having referred the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme back to the UN Security Council, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday.

But Steinmeier acknowledged that both travel and economic sanctions were on the table, he told German media.

"We have an international responsibility to prevent the nuclear- arming of Iran," Steinmeier said. "We are using diplomatic means to that end."

The foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany, on Wednesday agreed to refer Iran back to the council, after expressing disappointment over Tehran's failure to respond to an incentives package offered in exchange for the halting of uranium enrichment.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier Thursday said his country would not be intimidated by the west and was not afraid of the United Nations Security Council, also reiterating that Iran would not give its final reply to the Western nuclear proposal before mid- August.

DPA

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