France, Germany urge more Iran nuclear talks
WARSAW (AFP) Jun 27, 2005
Following the election of a hardline president in Iran, both the French and German foreign ministers Monday urged the Islamic state to remain committed to talks on suspending its nuclear program, a diplomatic effort initiated by the two countries along with Britain.
"It is absolutely necessary concerning relations with Iran that we can continue to have this diplomatic activity regarding the suspension of its nuclear program," French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday in Warsaw after a Weimar Triangle meeting with his German and Polish counterparts.
The victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad bolsters the view of Iranian right-wingers who argue that Iran has a right to press on with nuclear work. The US has accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons but Tehran has maintained its program is for peaceful purposes.
President-elect Ahmadinejad said Sunday he would form a government of "moderation" and that Tehran would continue talks over its nuclear activity.
Douste-Blazy said he hoped the new Iranian administration would support the accord reached in Paris in November.
"As long as it is possible to hold talks based on the Paris accord, there is a chance of moving forward," said German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.
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