Nuclear-armed Iran unacceptable: German FM
JERUSALEM, Nov 24 (AFP) Nov 24, 2009
Visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle insisted in Jerusalem on Tuesday that a nuclear-armed Iran would be unacceptable.
"For us, a nuclear arming of Iran is not acceptable," said Westerwelle. "It is an issue that concerns the entire international community" and not just Israel.
"The security of Israel is not negotiable, particularly for us," he said.
The minister said he favoured negotiations with Iran at this stage but stressed that "the patience of the international community is not endless" and that sanctions remained an option if Iran does not cooperate.
Later, Israeli President Shimon Peres urged Germany to keep the pressure on Iran.
"Threats of destruction, denying the Holocaust, massive funding and supporting terrorist organisations including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, are serious and can't be ignored," Peres said.
Israel, which has the region's sole if undeclared nuclear arsenal, believes Iran's programme is aimed at developing a bomb, a charge denied by Tehran.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.