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Berlin wants 'concrete' nuke action from Iran

The Local · 2 Jan 2012, 05:45

Published: 02 Jan 2012 05:45 GMT+01:00

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Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Germany "noted with interest" comments by Iranian officials opening the door to renewed talks but added: "What counts is not vague pronouncements but concrete and verifiable acts."

Iran's top negotiator Saeed Jalili said in comments reported over the weekend that Tehran was ready to rejoin EU-led talks with major powers to allay Western concerns over its nuclear activities.

But the country later reported that it had produced its first nuclear fuel rod something that could be a milestone development in Iran's nascent nuclear program that has left many in the West upset.

"It is in Iran's best interests to finally fulfill its international commitments and to be transparent about its nuclear programme," said Westerwelle. "This is the only way new sanctions can be avoided."

Iran is subject to four rounds of UN sanctions over its nuclear programme, which many Western governments fear is cover for a drive for a weapons capability, an ambition Tehran denies.

US President Barack Obama on Saturday signed a law tightening sanction against Tehran. Just hours later Iran said it tested a new medium-range missile during war games near a vital Gulf oil transit channel, further raising regional tensions.

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Your comments about this article

09:56 January 2, 2012 by heyheyhey
That SOB needs to be exterminated!!!!!!!!!!!
13:34 January 2, 2012 by jmclewis
Nice to see Curious George in the new year!!!!!

14:18 January 2, 2012 by Englishted
I for one am sick of Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle all carrot and no stick.

He is making Germany a laughing stock and has blown any chance of a seat on the security council with his pointless comments.
14:44 January 2, 2012 by petenick
Man, if that isn't the face of evil I don't know what is!
16:27 January 2, 2012 by Jimbob_77
Iran, according to prophecy along with Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia become a power block and is known as "the king of the south" and they will (push) "the king of the north" which is the EC and Germany being the head. The EC goes against the king of the south like a whirlwind and defeat them.....All of this is in Daniel 11 of the Bible and "The Trumpet" free online magazine talks about this and many, many more prophecies that will soon take place.....Germany leading the EC will evenually go against Israel and new Israel which is UK and the USA......Then, they attack Russia/China which is a major mistake, because the sino group will destroy the EC and Germany....The they go onto Jerusalem and try defeating Jesus Christ.....Read it all at the Trumpet which has not been wrong yet.....
19:23 January 2, 2012 by jamesbondking
whats the problem if IRAN has nukes?? why is the western world putting sanctions on IRAN ...
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