November 30, 2009 / 11:11 AM / 10 years ago

Germany: Iran uranium plans go in wrong direction

BERLIN, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Germany criticised Iran’s plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment plants, warning Tehran on Monday that it would face further sanctions if it does not cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Iran announced the major expansion of its atomic programme on Sunday, just two days after the U.N. watchdog rebuked it for carrying out such work in secret.

“Iran’s announcement of the expansion of its uranium enrichment clearly goes in the wrong direction,” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement. “Iran must know that the international community’s patience is not endless.”

“Iran is urged to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency without ifs and buts and to fulfil its international commitments. It is clear that if Iran rejects the outstretched hand of the international community, it must expect further sanctions,” he added. (Writing by Paul Carrel; editing by David Stamp) ((paul.carrel@reuters.com; +49 30 2888 5214; Reuters Messaging: rm://paul.carrel.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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