Schroeder opposed to military action against Iran

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24 January 2005, BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Monday that he opposed the use of military force against Iran over the country's nuclear programme. Schroeder, at a news briefing with Chile's President Ricardo Lagos, said the goal of European Union (EU) talks with the Iranian leadership was clear: to prevent the country from getting nuclear weapons. Britain, France and Germany - the EU's "Big Three" - have been attempting to reach a deal with Iran over the past years in which Teheran a

24 January 2005

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Monday that he opposed the use of military force against Iran over the country's nuclear programme.

Schroeder, at a news briefing with Chile's President Ricardo Lagos, said the goal of European Union (EU) talks with the Iranian leadership was clear: to prevent the country from getting nuclear weapons.

Britain, France and Germany - the EU's "Big Three" - have been attempting to reach a deal with Iran over the past years in which Teheran agrees to verifiable moves under which its nuclear programme would be limited to non-military use in exchange for trade and aid.

"This should happen with diplomatic - not military measures," said Schroeder.

Earlier this month U.S. President George W. Bush said he was not ruling out the use of force against Iran over its nuclear programme.

Germany strongly opposed the US-led Iraq war in 2003.

DPA

Subject: German news

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