US intends to work 'closely' with Germany on Iran

16th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2005, WASHINGTON - The United States intends to continue working "very closely" with Germany to resolve the nuclear dispute with Iran despite Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's insistence that the use of military force should not be an option.

16 August 2005

WASHINGTON - The United States intends to continue working "very closely" with Germany to resolve the nuclear dispute with Iran despite Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's insistence that the use of military force should not be an option.

"The U.S. approach to this issue is to work very closely and in a supportive manner with the E.U.-3 countries, which includes Germany," U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Monday.

The E.U.-3 are Britain, France and Germany - the three countries leading negotiations with Iran aimed at persuading the country to demonstrate its nuclear programme is purely for energy needs.

U.S. President George W. Bush said Friday the military option remained on the table if the diplomatic effort failed. Schroeder, a Social Democrat facing an uphill battle in next month's election, has renewed his anti-war approach in an effort to win back support.

Schroeder won re-election in 2002 after campaigning against the U.S. effort to win international support for military action to remove Saddam Hussein from power.

DPA

Subject: German news

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