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German FM: Iran's response to nuclear offer "insufficient"
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09:13, August 07, 2008

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Germany on Wednesday rejected Iran's response to an offer of negotiations over its nuclear program, saying the response is "insufficient."

"The (German) government finds the response sent yesterday (Tuesday) by Iran to the comprehensive offer ... insufficient," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement.

The minister added that Germany and the five other world powers negotiating with Iran -- the United States, Britain, Russia, France and China -- had stressed their desire to find a negotiated solution to the dispute with their offer of incentives.

"We underlined through this offer that we were striving for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear dispute," Steinmeier said.

The major powers were sticking to the dual strategy of offering incentives to Tehran while warning that the Security Council would take up the issue again.

The offer is for far-reaching economic cooperation with Iran, including in the field of civilian-sector nuclear power, in return for a pledge by Tehran to refrain from uranium enrichment activities.

"But if Iran does not choose this path, the UN Security Council will be referred to once again," Steinmeier said.

On Tuesday, Iran delivered a message to European Union (DU) officials in Brussels, saying that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IDEA) could send an inspection team to Tehran.


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