Merkel threatens action, but not force, on Iran

6th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

6 September 2006, BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday that the international community would take action if Iran refused to give up its nuclear programme but again ruled out any use of military force. "Iran's answers have not satisfied us," said Merkel in a speech to parliament, adding: "The door for diplomacy will not be shut but we will not merely look on without taking action." Merkel said doing nothing "was not an option" while Iran ignored calls by the United Nations and the Inte

6 September 2006

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday that the international community would take action if Iran refused to give up its nuclear programme but again ruled out any use of military force.

"Iran's answers have not satisfied us," said Merkel in a speech to parliament, adding: "The door for diplomacy will not be shut but we will not merely look on without taking action."

Merkel said doing nothing "was not an option" while Iran ignored calls by the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to end its uranium enrichment programme.

The chancellor did not give any details of possible action but she again underlined that Berlin opposed any talk of using force against Tehran.

"The military option is not an option for Iran," Merkel said.

A UN deadline for Tehran to halt uranium enrichment expired on August 31.

Iran's nuclear programme is widely believed to be aimed at building nuclear weapons. The Iranian government says its nuclear research is for peaceful purposes.

DPA

Subject: German news

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