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German FM: Berlin supports Israel on Iranian nuclear issue
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2009-11-25 14:53

Visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Tuesday that Berlin supports Israel in respect to the Iranian nuclear program.

Westerwelle, who arrived in Israel Monday evening, made the remarks at a joint press conference with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman.

The top German diplomat said he has stressed his country does not accept Iran's nuclear armament during a visit to the White House and noted there is a limit to Berlin's tolerance on the issue.

All the world's nations are concerned with the issue, added Westerwelle, expressing hope that the crisis would be solved diplomatically.

According to Westerwelle, aggravated sanctions will be considered should Iran not withdraw its nuclear program and talks fail.

On Tuesday, Westerwelle also met in Jerusalem with Israeli President Shimon Peres and the two discussed the Iranian issue.

Peres told Westerwelle that it was "unacceptable" for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to go around calling for the destruction of a country.

"It was absolutely clear that nuclear weapons in the hands of the government of Iran is not acceptable," Westerwelle was quoted by local daily The Jerusalem Post as telling Peres.

This was not only connected with the interests of the Middle East, but also the whole of the international community, said the German foreign minister.

Israel, the United States and some other countries have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran has denied the charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Addressing the current stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in the joint press conference with Lieberman, Westerwelle stressed that Berlin supports the two-state solution and urged the parties to resume negotiations.

The German foreign minister said that the aim is to reach a fair solution for both parties, in which Israel would be recognized by its neighbors and maintain security, while the Palestinians would be allowed to establish a viable state.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been suspended since Israeli army's Operation Cast Lead last winter in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

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