Berlin Wants Early Resolution to Nuclear Dispute

Berlin Wants Early Resolution to Nuclear Dispute Berlin Wants Early Resolution to Nuclear Dispute

The foreign policy spokesman for the co-ruling Social Democratic Party of Germany says his country wants the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program to be resolved in the shortest possible period of time.

"A nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) could facilitate and speed up (expansion) of ties between the two countries," Niels Annen said in a meeting with the director of the Majlis Research Center, Kazem Jalali, in Tehran on Monday, ICANA reported.

In addition, he said the German parliament welcomes expansion of political, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

Jalali, for his part, said Iran's negotiating parties should adopt a realistic approach to pave the way for striking a final nuclear deal.

Iran and the six major powers are in talks to reach a long-term settlement to the 12-year nuclear standoff by a June 30 target date.

"Reaching a final agreement in the talks depends on the other side's realistic view," Jalali said, adding that the Islamic Republic has made every effort to "show transparency" about its nuclear activities.

On the relations between Tehran and Berlin, the lawmaker said a history of good relationship between the two nations offers great potential for increasing cooperation in various areas.

He pointed to the current situation in the region and the threat posed by the growth of terrorist groups to international and regional peace and security and said it is necessary that the world's countries hold consultations and adopt a "comprehensive strategy" to address terrorism and extremism.  

In a separate meeting with Annen, the director general of the foreign ministry's department for Western Europe briefed the German official on the Islamic Republic's views on the nuclear talks and said, "People from all walks of life support the development of peaceful nuclear energy."   

The two officials also discussed bilateral relations and the latest developments in Iraq and Syria.