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Berlin calls Iran's missile test 'alarming'

AFP · 16 Dec 2009, 17:18

Published: 16 Dec 2009 17:18 GMT+01:00

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"The reports from Iran are alarming," a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry told news agency AFP. "This is not a step that rebuilds trust."

Iran on Wednesday test-fired an improved version of its Sejil 2 medium-range missile, which it says can reach 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles), putting Israel, most Arab states and parts of Europe within its range.

World powers fear Tehran's uranium enrichment programme is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Iran maintains it is enriching uranium only to meet its civilian energy needs.

Germany is one of six countries, including Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, trying to convince Tehran to abandon sensitive nuclear work in exchange for incentives.

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Iran is under three sets of UN sanctions for its refusal to suspend enrichment and risks a further round after rejecting a UN-brokered deal to send its low enriched uranium abroad to be further refined for a research reactor.

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16:20 December 16, 2009 by Frenemy
@trek11000: would you please explain how the actions of a private-sector corporation (eg. Siemens) with greedy/stupid multinational shareholders equates to the strategic culpability of an entire country (Germany), whose sole connection to the company is the location of its headquarters?! IF Germany had the necessary legal mechanisms in place to regulate every aspect of private industry...well, that would pretty much make us communist Soviet Russia now wouldn't it??!!!
06:57 December 17, 2009 by Bushdiver
I say enough with dicussions and sanctions, neither seem to work and this policy will continue until they have a nuke and then it'll be too late. Either they should dismantel their nuke factories or we'll do it for them. I personally wouldn't trust Mahmud Ahmadinedschad any further than I could see him. He's playing the West like a fiddle.
19:47 December 18, 2009 by Ducano
Regardless how you look at it,Iran has as much right as any other country to develop nuclear technology.Why does nobody argue against the nuclear weapons,that one of Iran`s close neighbours,Israël,has?On top of that,they already threatened at one time to use them,if it suited their purpose.And what right does the US have to lecture another country?Especially in view of the fact,that it is the only power,that ever actually used an atomic bomb,even twice,on cities filled with civilians.Let`s cut the BS and quit this scam to find a reason ,that people will accept,to attack Iran,so the west can go back to stealing their natural resources for which they at one time deposed a democratically elected leader to install their puppet the shah.Oil was also the reason for attacking Iraq.Don`t be fooled by all that phoney propaganda.Does anybody still believe,that the attack on Afghanistan was caused by 9/11?Then they should have attacked Saudi Arabia.That is where bin Laden and the purported terrorists came from.But like Joseph Goebbels once said "If you repeat a lie often enough,they will eventually accept it as the truth".
19:10 December 29, 2009 by Thames
While it would not thrill me for Iran to have nukes, how can the Foreign Ministry say "This is not a step that rebuilds trust." What have any of the six countries

"trying to convince Tehran to abandon sensitive nuclear work in exchange for incentives" done toward Iran that which is trustworthy? In order to rebuild trust there had to be at some point in the past trust. Perhaps when these nations actually establish a record with Iran of trustworthness they can talk about rebuilding trust. What hypocracy. The Iranian government like all other governments have a duty to protect and defend the country they represent. While Ahmadinedschad is not the leader the west would like and i am sure their are many Iranians that don't like him, he must be dealt with. Iran is a soverign nation that should be respected. Because of past meddling in Iran it is very difficult for the US or Britain to help any antigovernment movements there. The motives of these countries will be questioned and any new government backed by them will no seem to be legitimate. It is a tough situation and there are no easy answers.
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