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German Foreign Minister Says More Sanctions Needed Against Iran

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has told a meeting of his European Union counterparts that more sanctions are needed against Iran to convince the government there to cooperate in talks about its nuclear development program.

Westerwelle said on September 7 that, "Sanctions are needed and soon," adding, "I can’t see [that] there is really a constructive will on the Iranian side for substantial talks."

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said new sanctions would target "financial, commercial and oil aspects."

Westerwelle did not give a precise time frame for new sanctions but did say, "We are talking about the coming weeks."

Many countries, particularly Western nations, are frustrated at what they perceive as Tehran's reluctance to allow international verification that its nuclear program is intended solely for peaceful purposes, as the Iranian government claims.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa