Germany, Iran confidentof solving nuclear dispute

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25 February 2005 , BERLIN - Germany and Iran are confident that the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme can be solved diplomatically, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Friday. Speaking after talks with Hassan Rowhani, head of the Iranian Security Council, Fischer acknowledged that it was proving difficult to bridge differences. Fischer said the main issue was how "objective guarantees" can be obtained for the peaceful use of Iran's nuclear programme. Rowhani, Iran's chief negotiator on nucl

25 February 2005 

BERLIN - Germany and Iran are confident that the dispute over Iran's nuclear programme can be solved diplomatically, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said on Friday.

Speaking after talks with Hassan Rowhani, head of the Iranian Security Council, Fischer acknowledged that it was proving difficult to bridge differences.

Fischer said the main issue was how "objective guarantees" can be obtained for the peaceful use of Iran's nuclear programme.

Rowhani, Iran's chief negotiator on nuclear issues, had arrived in Berlin from Paris where he discussed the dispute on Thursday with French President Jacques Chirac.

Rowhani said after the meeting the talks with Chirac had given a "new dynamic" to Teheran's negotiations with Europe on its nuclear research programme.

Germany, alongside France and Britain are attempting to get Iran to agree to scrap its nuclear programme in exchange for trade and aid.

The Iranian government has meanwhile objected to any possible involvement of the United States in the negotiations.

On Wednesday, US President George W. Bush had publicly confirmed that Washington was coordinating diplomatic moves with Europe on the issue.

Meanwhile a senior Iranian Ayatollah said Friday that "time is not unlimited for Europe" in the nuclear negotiations.

"The idea by Europe that suspension (of uranium enrichment) could be prolonged until Iran eventually gives in to a full halt of enrichment is a futile one that will never happen," Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the senate-like Guardian Council, told worshippers at Friday prayers.

"That would mean trespassing our Red Line," he added.

Jannati said that Iran would wait for the final report of the nuclear talks with the European Union trio before deciding how to proceed.

Iran has set a first 15 March deadline for nuclear talks with the EU trio. If any tangible results have been achieved, Teheran would then extend the talks until June, he said. dpa bw ms

DPA

Subject: German news 

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