Security Council, Germany meet for Iran talks

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7 September 2006, BERLIN - Senior diplomats from the US, Europe, Russia and China were opening talks Thursday on possible sanctions for Iran following Tehran's refusal to rein in its nuclear programme. Diplomats from the United Nations Security Council's permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, are meeting for the first time since Iran defied an August 31 deadline by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to halt uranium enrichment. US officials are pu

7 September 2006

BERLIN - Senior diplomats from the US, Europe, Russia and China were opening talks Thursday on possible sanctions for Iran following Tehran's refusal to rein in its nuclear programme.

Diplomats from the United Nations Security Council's permanent members - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, are meeting for the first time since Iran defied an August 31 deadline by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to halt uranium enrichment.

US officials are pushing for sanctions on Tehran and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday vowed to support action against Iran while ruling out any use of military force.

But both Russia and China - which has veto powers in the Security Council - are wary about slapping sanctions on Tehran.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes. But the IAEA says it cannot confirm this and there is widespread suspicion that Tehran is seeking to build a nuclear bomb.

DPA

Subject: German news

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