( dpa ) - Germany has invited the foreign ministers of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to talks in Berlin next week on a third resolution to pressure Iran on its nuclear programme.
Germany regarded a new resolution as necessary, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said.
He stressed that while planning for a meeting in Berlin on Tuesday was underway, no final decision had yet been taken.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is to travel to Vienna Thursday for talks with Mohamed ElBaradei, secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who visited Tehran earlier this month.
Jaeger stressed that while a report from the US intelligence services in December had shifted the focus of the debate on the Iranian nuclear programme, there remained questions for Tehran to answer.
The US report found that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons programme in 2003.
The IAEA aims to clear up outstanding questions on Iran's uranium enrichment programme by mid-February.
Germany has joined the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France in attempts to pressure Tehran to comply with two previous Security Council resolutions.