Six-Nation Talks in Germany Will Focus on Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

By Staff | February 4, 2009 | 5:56 AM EST
Frankfurt (AP) - Officials from the nations tackling worries over Iran's nuclear ambitions were to meet in Germany Wednesday, two days after Tehran launched a satellite into orbit.
The meeting of political directors from the foreign ministries of the six countries was being held in Wiesbaden, outside Frankfurt.
The launch late Monday of Iran's Omid satellite touched off concern among analysts and government officials in Europe, the U.S. and Israel about possible links between its satellite programs and its work with missiles and nuclear technology.
Germany and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S. -- have offered Iran a package of incentives if it suspends uranium enrichment and enters into talks on its nuclear program.
At the same time, the Security Council has imposed sanctions to pressure Iran to comply.
None of the nations involved has commented on the specific goals of Wednesday's meeting, which was scheduled before the satellite launch.
The U.S. and its allies allege that Iran wants to develop its uranium enrichment program to make nuclear weapons. However, Iran insists it is only seeking nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
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