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Federal Minister Steinmeier welcomes adoption of another Iran Resolution

03.03.2008 - Press release

The United Nations Security Council today (Monday, 3 March) adopted a third sanctions resolution on Iran's nuclear programme. Resolution 1803 was adopted with no votes against and broadened the sanctions against Iran on the basis of Article 41, Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed the resolution as "proof of the international community's resolve" and issued the following statement in Berlin:

"I welcome today’s decision by the United Nations Security Council. It demonstrates our undiminished concern over Iran's nuclear programme. Iran must prove that it is not striving to develop a nuclear weapons programme! With this decision, the Security Council is sending a signal that the international community is resolutely adhering to its demands on Iran.

Germany remains committed to a negotiated settlement on the nuclear issue. We, together with our partners, therefore stressed once again today that our offer to Iran still stands! No one disputes Iran's right to use nuclear energy peacefully. We have repeatedly assured Iran that it will be treated like every other non-nuclear-weapon state once confidence has been restored in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme.

Teheran must, however, take the decisive step in this direction. We are willing to negotiate, and I can only again urgently appeal to Iran to seize this opportunity!”

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