Germany optimistic on future Iran deal

31st May 2006, Comments 0 comments

31 May 2006, BERLIN - A German official was upbeat that a meeting of the UN Security Council's five permanent members and Germany in Vienna on Thursday would clinch joint offer aimed at defusing the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme.

31 May 2006

BERLIN - A German official was upbeat that a meeting of the UN Security Council's five permanent members and Germany in Vienna on Thursday would clinch joint offer aimed at defusing the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme.

"(This is) a decisive phase to show Iran an alternative," said Martin Jaeger, Berlin's chief foreign ministry spokesman.

Jaeger, however, declined to give any details on the substance of a possible offer to Iran.

The German newspaper Die Zeit, citing unnamed sources, said in addition to technical aid for Iran's civil nuclear programme, the package will include "suggestions which Tehran could understand as the perspective of a sort of security guarantee."

The Vienna meeting will be attended by the foreign ministers of the US, France, Britain, Russia and Germany as well as a deputy foreign minister from China, said Jaeger.

"We are going into these talks with a certain amount of optimism even though they will not be easy," he said.

So far, the six countries have failed to reach agreement on a common stance to Iran, with Russia and China putting on the brakes over any moves to impose UN sanctions.

Die Zeit said, however, that the six countries now appear ready to threaten UN sanctions if Iran refuses to accept the deal likely to be hammered out in Vienna.

Iran's nuclear enrichment programme is widely suspected of being aimed at producing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies this and insists its nuclear research is for peaceful purposes.

DPA

Subject: German News

0 Comments To This Article