German foreign minister opposes swift tightening of Iran sanctions

Iran Materials 19 February 2007 12:46 (UTC +04:00)

(www.irna.ir) вЂ" German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opposes a swift tightening of Iran sanctions ahead of the February 21 UN Security Council meeting over Tehran's nuclear program, the daily Handelsblatt said in a report to hit newsstands Monday.

"The last UN Security Council resolution does not contain any automatism in case Iran does not abide by its commitments," Steinmeier stressed.

The minister expressed hope that another solution -- other than economic sanctions -- could still be reached, reports Trend.

Iran's leadership has repeatedly annnounced they are ready to resume unconditional talks over its nuclear program in a bid to remove international concerns.

Tehran has always reaffirmed the peaceful nature of its nuclear program, saying it is aimed at meeting the country's growing electricity needs.