New Iran sanctions 'not a refusal to have talks': Kouchner

9th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Slapping new UN sanctions on Iran to rein in its suspect nuclear program does not exclude the possibility of talks with Tehran, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday.

"It is not a refusal to have talks," Kouchner said on the sidelines of an economic conference in Montreal. "It's an affirmation of the need for dialogue."

But "because we've talked with the Iranians for years and nothing was advancing... it is important that a fourth UN resolution signal our impatience," he added.

© 2010 AFP

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