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Iran must cooperate with IAEA: German FM

05-24-2010 07:31 BJT

DAMASCUS, May 23 (Xinhua) -- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle stressed here on Sunday Iran must cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"Iran has the legitimate right to possess peaceful nuclear energy, but Iran must cooperate with the IAEA because we cannot accept that Iran has nuclear weapons," Westerwelle said in joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem.

Westerwelle told the reporters that his country welcomes the efforts of Turkey and Brazil regarding the Iranian nuclear issue.

"However, the agreement on a research reactor in Tehran is only part of the process and will not solve all the problems," he added.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said that Syria welcomes this tripartite agreement in which "we find a real opportunity to reach a political solution through dialogue."

"Sanctions imposed on Iran would pose a setback of this tripartite agreement," Moallem added.

The German top diplomat arrived in Damascus on Sunday to pay a short visit.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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