Germany urges Iran to become 'reliable' nation

25th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 September 2006, NEW YORK - Germany on Friday called on Iran to become a "reliable and responsible partner in the crisis-striken Middle East" and work with the international community to resolve the dispute over its nuclear programme. "No one wants to deny Iran the right to use nuclear energy peacefully, nor is the objective of the diplomatic efforts to isolate Iran," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an address to the UN General Assembly. Germany and the five UN Security Council pe

25 September 2006

NEW YORK - Germany on Friday called on Iran to become a "reliable and responsible partner in the crisis-striken Middle East" and work with the international community to resolve the dispute over its nuclear programme.

"No one wants to deny Iran the right to use nuclear energy peacefully, nor is the objective of the diplomatic efforts to isolate Iran," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an address to the UN General Assembly.

Germany and the five UN Security Council permanent members - the US, Russia, China, France and Britain - have been involved in talks to settle the nuclear dispute. Iran has rejected international calls for it to suspend its uranium enrichment activities.

Steinmeier reminded Iran of the package of incentives offered by the international community in June, in return for Iran suspending its enrichment programme. Tehran in August said it wants further negotiations before suspending.

"The resolution of the nuclear conflict with Iran is urgent" in order to halt proliferation of nuclear weapons, Steinmeier said.

Other countries in addition to Iran are thinking about developing enrichment technology, he said, without naming them, urging the world community to find solutions by working with the International Atomic Energy Agency to stop the trend.

DPA

Subject: German news

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