Germany: Iran's Response on Nuclear Issue 'Not Satisfactory'
24 August 2006
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Iran's response to an international proposal regarding Tehran's nuclear program is "not satisfactory."
In an interview on German television Thursday, the chancellor said Iran's response does not say whether it will halt its uranium enrichment activities. Iran this week said it is ready for "serious negotiations" on its nuclear program.
The United States also reacted by saying Iran's response is not sufficient. A State Department spokesman Wednesday said Washington is consulting with other United Nations Security Council members on the next steps.
The spokesman noted that a Security Council resolution requires Iran's full suspension of uranium enrichment by August 31. Iran has been offered incentives in exchange for suspending its sensitive nuclear work.
France says Iran has to stop enriching uranium before talks can take place.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Washington will push for Security Council sanctions against Iran if Tehran insists on enriching uranium. Russia and China have been reluctant to punish Iran for its nuclear activities.
The United States and many of its European allies suspect Iran is planning to build nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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