Germany, China agree Iran should not have nuclear bomb: Merkel

Iran Materials 22 May 2006 13:01 (UTC +04:00)

(AFP) - Germany and China agree that Iran should not be allowed to build nuclear weapons, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said here after meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

"We talked about Iran and both (of us) agreed Iran should not have the capability to make nuclear weapons and shouldn't proliferate weapons of mass destruction," Merkel told a joint press conference with Wen.

German officials had said in the lead-up to Merkel's trip that Germany would like to see China more closely involved in the international efforts to solve the nuclear crisis in Iran.

China, which is a veto-wielding permanent member of the UN Security Council, has said it is against the use of force or sanctions against Iran.