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US Confirms Major Powers To Meet On Iran In Berlin

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Mar 28, 2006
The United States confirmed Monday the five permament members of the UN Security Council plus Germany would meet in Berlin on Thursday as efforts continued to hammer out a statement on Iran's nuclear program.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would sit down with her counterparts from Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany to discuss the deadlocked UN talks on Iran.

"I think the focus will be on the medium to long-term issues about how to get Iran ... back into the mainstream of the non-proliferation framework and how to get it to roll back its program," McCormack said.

Britain had earlier announced the Berlin meeting of the so-called P-5 plus Germany, to be held at the start of Rice's four-day trip to Europe that will also take her to France and Britain.

Washington is seeking to end an impasse over a draft UN Security Council presidential statement that would call Iran to account for its suspected nuclear weapons activities. Russia and China oppose tough language.

Russian and US negotiators worked through the weekend to try to thrash out a compromise but McCormack didn't report any progress.

"We're continuing to work the language," he said. "We obviously haven't come to a consensus on language yet."

Source: Agence France-Presse

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit Europe this week to consult with key allies plus Russia and China on the UN stalemate over Iran's nuclear program, officials said Monday. They said Rice would leave Wednesday for Berlin and a meeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany the next day. She will then head on to France and Britain.

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