Schroeder calls on Iran not to block nuclear deal

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18 January 2005, BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has called on Iran's leaders not to block a European-brokered deal aimed at defusing growing tensions over Teheran's nuclear programme. "It is the hope of the world this year... that a comprehensive and lasting accord can be reached," said Schroeder. The Chancellor said progress had been made at talks since last year led by the European Union's "Big Three" - Britain, France and Germany. "These hopes must not be disappointed - I also say this to

18 January 2005

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has called on Iran's leaders not to block a European-brokered deal aimed at defusing growing tensions over Teheran's nuclear programme.

"It is the hope of the world this year... that a comprehensive and lasting accord can be reached," said Schroeder.

The Chancellor said progress had been made at talks since last year led by the European Union's "Big Three" - Britain, France and Germany.

"These hopes must not be disappointed - I also say this to those who are responsible in Iran," said Schroeder.

The Chancellor said he respected the US decision not to take part in talks but noted that Berlin, Paris and London were in close communication with Washington on Iran.

Germany and its European partners are seeking to win guarantees that Teheran is not seeking to produce nuclear weapons.

In return, Iran is seeking a package of measures including trade and acceptance of its legitimate right for peaceful nuclear projects.

Aside from the nuclear issue, the EU expects Iran to improve human rights and abolish sentences such as stoning to death in adultery cases.

The EU also wants a positive approach from Iran towards the Middle East peace process and for Teheran to use its influence on anti-Israeli militia groups to stop attacks against the Jewish state.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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