UN Security Council, Germany discuss Iran crisis
16 January 2006, LONDON - High ranking diplomats from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany began discussing in London Monday a response to Iran's resumption last week of nuclear research.
16 January 2006
LONDON - High ranking diplomats from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany began discussing in London Monday a response to Iran's resumption last week of nuclear research.
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany were expected to consider taking the issue of Iran's controversial nuclear programme to the Council.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said such a step would not lead automatically to the imposition of economic sanctions. Iran has warned that such sanctions would lead to an increase in oil prices.
Iran last week broke international seals at nuclear research facilities, effectively ending a two-year effort by the European Union trio - Britain, France and Germany - to negotiate curbs on the programme to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons.
Iran's parliament on Sunday backed threats by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stop visits by U.N. nuclear inspectors if the case goes before the Security Council.
There is international concern that Iran wishes to develop nuclear weapons. However, Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful in intent.
Subject: German news