Germany tells Iran that nuclear talks still possible

16th October 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 October 2006, Berlin (dpa) - Despite looming international sanctions, Iran is welcome back at the negotiating table "any time," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a radio interview Saturday. But Iran would have to cease installing machines that manufacture weapons-grade uranium, he warned. "We are willing at any time to return to the negotiating table, if Iran declares itself willing to genuinely recognize the preconditions for negotiations," he told RBB Inforadio, a Berlin news sta

16 October 2006

Berlin (dpa) - Despite looming international sanctions, Iran is welcome back at the negotiating table "any time," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a radio interview Saturday.

But Iran would have to cease installing machines that manufacture weapons-grade uranium, he warned.

"We are willing at any time to return to the negotiating table, if Iran declares itself willing to genuinely recognize the preconditions for negotiations," he told RBB Inforadio, a Berlin news station.

If there were to be talks, they could not happen amid the impression that day by day a new situation was being created.

"Iran must understand that if we negotiate, the setting up of further centrifuges has to stop," he said, referring to the refining machines that the international community suspects are being used to make fuel for a nuclear bomb.

The United States and Britain have led calls for sanctions if Iran persisted in refining uranium. An ultimatum to stop by August 31 has been ignored. Iran insists the nuclear project is only for peaceful purposes.

"At the moment we do not have a situation where one can negotiate with a prospect of success," Steinmeier said. "That is why the Security Council must step in." European Union foreign ministers are expected to decide Tuesday to refer the issue to the UN council.

Steinmeier said sanctions would be "callibrated with responsibility towards the possibility that Iran will return to the negotiating table."

DPA

Subject: German news

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