Security Council, Germany meet on Iran crisis

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12 July 2006, PARIS - The foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council and of Germany began a meeting Wednesday in Paris on the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme.

12 July 2006

PARIS - The foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council and of Germany began a meeting Wednesday in Paris on the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana was also taking part in the meeting, which centres on his talks on Tuesday with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.

Tuesday's meeting was disappointing for Solana, an EU spokeswoman said after the talks, which had been aimed at producing a positive response by Iran to an offer by the world's major powers of political and economic incentives in exchange for a freeze of its most controversial nuclear activities.

The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany had hoped that Iran would find the offer difficult to resist. But Larijani claimed that there were many "ambiguities" in the offer and asked for more time and more negotiations.

US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack on Tuesday suggested that Iran may be brought before the Security Council again, and this option was expected to be addressed in Paris.

DPA

Subject: German news

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