Iran's nuclear response 'unsatisfactory': Merkel

24th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 August 2006, BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel used the word "unsatisfactory" in a television interview Thursday to describe Iran's response to western proposals to compromise on nuclear issues. Germany is one of the so-called Five Plus One nations that drafted the proposals to Tehran. On Germany's N24 news channel, Merkel said she did not regard the response as satisfactory because the Iranian answer this week had failed to say if Tehran would suspend its enrichment of uranium and return to the

24 August 2006

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel used the word "unsatisfactory" in a television interview Thursday to describe Iran's response to western proposals to compromise on nuclear issues.

Germany is one of the so-called Five Plus One nations that drafted the proposals to Tehran.

On Germany's N24 news channel, Merkel said she did not regard the response as satisfactory because the Iranian answer this week had failed to say if Tehran would suspend its enrichment of uranium and return to the negotiating table.

"The key sentence is missing from this answer and will have to be added later," she said.

Washington has also called the response unsatisfactory.

The UN Security Council has demanded that Iran completely and verifiably cease the enrichment of uranium.

Ali Larijani, Iran's chief negotiator on nuclear issues, handed over the response in Tehran on Tuesday to Germany and the five UN Security Council permanent members. Details have not been disclosed, but Larijani said Tehran was offering "serious talks."

DPA

Subject: German news

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