BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Germany’s foreign minister has urged Iran to bring "substantial offers" to restart nuclear negotiations with world powers during a meeting with Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Meanwhile the minister assured Israel that allowing the Islamic Republic to be nuclear armed was "not an option".
Guido Westerwelle, German Foreign Minister, said, "We stand together with Israel which means of course that we share also the concern about the Iranian nuclear program. For us, any kind of nuclear option weapons in the hands of the Iranian government is not acceptable. For us nuclear arms in the hands of the Iranian government is not an optional we will not accept this. Thank you so much."
He made similar comments at an earlier meeting with Israel’s defence minister Ehud Barak, where he called on Iran to "return to the negotiating table with substantial offers". His visit to Jerusalem followed weeks of heightened rhetoric in Israel over a possible go-it-alone strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, and repeated calls by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for world powers to set a "red line" for Tehran. Westerwelle said there was still time for a diplomatic solution.
Westerwelle also met Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in West bank city of Ramallah. They discussed the economic situation in the occupied West Bank, after a week of street protests against high living costs.