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Westerwelle threatens Iran with new sanctions

AFP · 30 Nov 2009, 13:49

Published: 30 Nov 2009 13:49 GMT+01:00

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"What is clear is that if Iran rejects the hand that has reached out, it must expect heavier sanctions," Westerwelle said in a statement. "Iran must know that the international community's patience is not unlimited."

He called on Tehran to work with the international authorities handling nuclear

matters and fulfil its international obligations "immediately and unconditionally."

Iran announced on Sunday plans to build 10 more nuclear enrichment plants following a vote of censure against Tehran by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The move sparked strong reactions from the United States and France as well as Germany.

Iran's atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Friday's IAEA resolution censuring Iran for building a second nuclear site near the holy city of Qom had prompted the decision to build more sites, in addition to its existing one at Natanz.

Western powers led by Washington want Iran to come clean on its uranium enrichment programme which they suspect is aimed at building atomic weapons, while Tehran says it is for purely peaceful purposes.

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The West wants Tehran to agree to an IAEA-brokered deal which envisages sending its current stock of low-enriched uranium abroad for conversion into reactor fuel.

Iran maintains it has the right to enrich uranium as it is signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

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14:23 November 30, 2009 by petenick
Hurrah for Guido! Evil must be put down no matter where.
15:11 November 30, 2009 by Edmond Schindler
This is going further in defiance toward provocation on a magnitude of possibly devastating consequences.

I am in disbelief of the childishness of not only the bullied but the bullies in this act. Nuclear War a stones throw away?
16:52 November 30, 2009 by Jibzy
If you really think that the Bullies ARE actually bullying, shouldn't they stop doing that?

Every country has the right to arm itself with whatever it can make. Why isnt US being stopped from arming their arsenal with nukes? They're the only one who used one and they are the ones having the most. Why is this so?
17:17 November 30, 2009 by bernie1927
I really don't see a problem. Correct me if I'm wrong. Israel has a substantial arsenal of nukes and is itching to attack Iran. Doesn't Iran have every right to defend itself? How about Israel giving up its nukes? Wouldn't that be a logical first step towards lasting peace in the Mideast?

All of this grandstanding is political, on both sides. Why don't they reach out to each other? Wouldn't trade between the countries be beneficial to both of them? Are they unruly children or what?
17:23 November 30, 2009 by rjtanston
??? I'm supposed to believe that this wimp, after years of Germany (secretly) helping Iran, is really serious??? Or is he just wagging his tail at international fame?
07:35 December 1, 2009 by jsweeney
"Every country has the right to arm itself with whatever it can make. Why isnt US being stopped from arming their arsenal with nukes? They're the only one who used one and they are the ones having the most. Why is this so?"

You're right! BUT the US never said 'We want to wipe Isreal off the map"!! Is it not ok to realize the faults of your ways either - I mean the US is the only country to use a nuke and this gives them the right more than anyone (except Japan) to say to the world - hey these things should never be used again - period! Lets face it - building wepons is not the way to peace which is what most sain people want. 'There is no way to peace - peace is the way' -Unknown
09:23 December 1, 2009 by Jibzy
Well the middle east issue is a complex one. Israel also declared that we will commit a 'holocaust' in Iran if they dont stop doing what they're doing. And this series of 'claims' of wiping each other off the map of the Earth or doing a holocaust, go hand in hand. You only see crimes committed by Iran but what about Israel? What about the Gaza War? I blame Israel here NOT because i'm Muslim but only because i'm a human. Israel has used excessive force regardless of the known fact that civilian casualties might occur.

Israel is one of the biggest offenders of UN resolutions in the world. Do you know who's another? Saudia Arabia. Both of which are close allys of US. This is plain hypocrisy. They talk about human rights and then they are waging war on half of the world and are close friends with the worst countries in the world.

The connection you just made between America's use of a nuke and their SAY is senseless. I dont even see where u got that from. That is downright ignorant to say the least. To force other countries from getting a nuke, they're gonna nuke the country? Please watch something other than Fox news.
12:05 December 1, 2009 by Cheney
What is this mans real crime? He rejects some circles history of people who perished in WW2? This is Europe. Where did the enlightenment go? Where is the tolerance? Peeing your pants about the ban on minarets but youve no squirts for the censoring of free speech? Muhammadist dont want to die anymore then Westerners. Even with the fantasy of after-life vigins they still hang around.
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