Merkel optimistic diplomacy can work in Iran nuclear dispute

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today she was “very optimistic” that diplomacy could solve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme.

“Diplomacy is the path we are taking,” Merkel said in an interview to be broadcast by ZDF television. “I am really determined to do everything so that the international community stays together on this path as far as possible. I think that will make an impression on Iran.”

“I am truly optimistic, I would even say very optimistic, that we can do everything to solve this conflict with diplomatic means,” she said.

Merkel was not asked about, and did not address, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy’s assertion earlier today that Iran’s nuclear activity is a cover for a secret weapons programme.

“I see my task, Germany’s task, and Germany has taken on a clear responsibility here along with Great Britain and France – not just for Europe but also with Russia and the United States – in taking this diplomatic path,” Merkel said. “This diplomatic path has every chance of success.”

The UN nuclear watchdog agency earlier this month referred Iran to the UN Security Council, and Iran has since resumed small-scale uranium enrichment last week – a process that it says is not aimed at making weapons.

Merkel described as a “huge success” the large majority by which Iran was referred to the Security Council after Germany, Britain and France declared long-running talks with Tehran aimed at defusing the issue at a dead end.

“I think Iran will understand the language that it is not just the West or Europe and America that are against it, but that everyone has certain demands,” she said.

More on this topic

Iran acknowledges holding British-Australians on spying chargesIran acknowledges holding British-Australians on spying charges

Iran closes door on talks with US amid Saudi oil attack tensionsIran closes door on talks with US amid Saudi oil attack tensions

Calls for reform after Iranian female football fan facing prison term diesCalls for reform after Iranian female football fan facing prison term dies

Iran injects uranium gas into advanced centrifugesIran injects uranium gas into advanced centrifuges

More in this Section

Israel exit poll suggests Netanyahu has failed to win majorityIsrael exit poll suggests Netanyahu has failed to win majority

Trump’s former campaign manager rebuffs questions at ‘impeachment hearing’Trump’s former campaign manager rebuffs questions at ‘impeachment hearing’

US government files lawsuit against Edward Snowden over new bookUS government files lawsuit against Edward Snowden over new book

Man with stage four cancer completes Britain’s ‘hardest walk’Man with stage four cancer completes Britain’s ‘hardest walk’


Lifestyle

Kya deLongchamps is looking forward to another winter coloured by the transformative power of paintYour paint primer for the season ahead

A new RTÉ series takes viewers behind the scenes at Ireland’s finest eateries – including Restaurant Chestnut, a Michelin award-winner within six months of opening. Vickie Maye meets the chef behind it, Rob KrawczykGoing beyond the menu: RTÉ series goes behind the scenes at some of Ireland's finest restaurants

Whether you’re into a ‘no make-up make-up’ look or jet black lipstick, LFW had it all.These are the biggest beauty looks from a vampy London Fashion Week

It will take you out of your beauty comfort zone, but is remarkably easy to pull off.London Fashion Week: This top make-up artist wants you to ditch your cat-eye for a ‘blue fade’

More From The Irish Examiner