Germany warns Iran over uranium enrichment

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12 April 2006, BERLIN - German officials warned Wednesday that Iran's reported enrichment of uranium would fuel international isolation of Tehran in the run-up to United Nations Security Council talks over possible sanctions.

12 April 2006

BERLIN - German officials warned Wednesday that Iran's reported enrichment of uranium would fuel international isolation of Tehran in the run-up to United Nations Security Council talks over possible sanctions.

"Iran has not met its commitments," said Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy spokesman, Thomas Steg.

Steg said Berlin viewed the enrichment programme "with great concern" and that it was "a further step in the wrong direction."

He added: "Iran is apparently not willing to give up its self- isolation."

Foreign Ministry chief spokesman Martin Jaeger termed the move "a false signal" in the run-up to a report by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, to the UN Security Council later this month.

Most European countries and the US suspect Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Tehran insists its research is for peaceful purposes.

The UN Security Council last month called on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and requested the IAEA report back over compliance on April 28.

Iran's defiance of the Security Council may lead to discussion of UN sanctions against Tehran

But two permanent Security Council members with veto power - China and Russia - have so far expressed opposition to sanctions.

DPA

Subject: German news

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