Germany Gets Tough with Iran: “You’ll Have to Wait for your Carrots”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Following the presentation of a new IAEA report that criticizes Iran for not being forthcoming about its nuclear program, Germany has threatened to increase the “pressure” on Iran. “Either we get reasonable answers to our questions,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned, “or the beginning of talks aimed at finding a diplomatic solution will have to be further delayed.” (Sources: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 28 May; Reuters Deutschland)

The “six power” group, including Germany, leading negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program recently announced its willingness to offer Iran a new set of economic incentives to limit its program. As further reported in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of 28 May, Iran has thus far refused to meet with EU envoy Javier Solana who is supposed to present the offer.


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