'Practical steps' must follow Iran talks, says Germany
The talks in Geneva on Thursday between Iran and the six veto-holding members of the UN Security Council saw Iran agree to allow UN inspectors access to its newly revealed second uranium enrichment plant in Qom.Berlin -- Germany said on Friday that six-party talks with Iran on its nuclear programme in Geneva this week were a "first step" in the right direction but that "practical steps" must now follow.
"Yesterday's talks marked a first step that must now be followed by others," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Andreas Peschke told reporters.
"That means a continuation of talks this month, as agreed, as well as practical steps that show Iran's readiness to address the justified concerns of the international community," Peschke told a regular government briefing.
"Longer term, it must be established that Iran is meeting its commitments with the international community," he added.
The talks in Geneva on Thursday between Iran and the six veto-holding members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France -- plus Germany saw Iran agree to allow UN inspectors access to its newly revealed second uranium enrichment plant in Qom.
Iran's senior nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili also agreed with the senior envoys from the P5-plus-1 group to meet again before the end of October.
They also struck an agreement in principle that would see some stockpiled Iranian enriched uranium processed in Russia and France in order to fuel a UN-supervised reactor in Tehran.
Peschke described this as "an important element, a measure that, if it works, could contribute to rebuilding trust."
Germany has been at the forefront of calls for fresh sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme, amid fears that Tehran wanted to enrich uranium to develop nuclear weapons and not just for civilian nuclear power as it maintains.