Iran's nuclear programme has to stop: Shalom

18th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 May 2005, DUSSELDORF - At talks in Germany on Tuesday, Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom called for action to stop Iran's nuclear programme, saying Tehran's efforts to acquire nuclear arms were a danger to the entire world.

18 May 2005

DUSSELDORF - At talks in Germany on Tuesday, Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom called for action to stop Iran's nuclear programme, saying Tehran's efforts to acquire nuclear arms were a danger to the entire world.

The UN Security Council had to take up the issue, he said after a meeting with German foreign minister Joschka Fischer in the western city of Dusseldorf.

Shalom said he hoped the dispute over the nuclear programme could be solved by diplomatic means. He said the international community must act before the upcoming meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency on 13 June and that there was little time left.

Iran had never abandoned the aim of obtaining nuclear arms and was not far from the capability of building its own, he added.

Shalom also appealed to European nations to put the Lebanese militia organisation Hezbollah on their list of terrorist groups.

He said Hezbollah was dedicated to destroying Israel. The Europeans had already declared the Palestinian group Hamas terrorist, and the logical next step was to do the same with Hezbollah.

Fischer and Shalom met at the start of a three-day visit by the Israeli to Germany to mark the 40th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations.

Both men said the relationship was on a solid basis. Today's task was to convince young people that remembering the Holocaust must remain the basis of this relationship.

DPA

Subject: German news

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