Merkel meets IAEA head ElBaradei for Iran talks

27th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 March 2006, BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Monday with the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, for talks expected to centre on Iran's nuclear programme. Following the meeting, the IAEA chief was due to confer with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Economics Minister Michael Glos. Germany has been playing a leading role in efforts by the European Union to persuade Iran to give up nuclear enrichment, which the US feels could lead to it ma

27 March 2006

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Monday with the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, for talks expected to centre on Iran's nuclear programme.

Following the meeting, the IAEA chief was due to confer with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Economics Minister Michael Glos.

Germany has been playing a leading role in efforts by the European Union to persuade Iran to give up nuclear enrichment, which the US feels could lead to it making nuclear weapons.

In a speech in the German city of Karlsruhe on Saturday, ElBaradei underlined the need to bolster the world's efforts for disarmament and against the spread of nuclear weapons.
Iran, he said, "continues to assert that its nuclear programme is entirely for peaceful purposes, but the fact that the programme was conducted so long in secret, and particularly that important aspects of it have not been clarified, has created a confidence deficit regarding its nature and its direction."

DPA

Subject: German news

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