Rosenthal: maintain sanctions against Iran

Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal has stated that ‘sanctions against Iran should be enforced in full as long as Tehran does not provide full disclosure of its nuclear programme and comply with its international obligations.' This was in response to comments by his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi to the effect that Iran was prepared to discuss any nuclear issues as soon as the West begins lifting sanctions.

Mr Rosenthal has called this ‘unacceptable’, saying that ‘the international community must keep up the pressure on Iran’.

The minister does believe that it is a positive signal that after over a year Iran is finally willing to enter into talks with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, France and the UK) and Germany, chaired by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

The talks will be held in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on 23 May. ‘During these talks it is up to Iran to demonstrate that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful in nature’, said Mr Rosenthal.