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Germany, US agree on Iran's right to civilian nuclear energy use: Schroeder

Berlin, Feb 5, IRNA -- Germany and the United States agree on Iran's right to have a civilian nuclear program, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said here Friday evening after his meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"On Iran, we are very much in agreement that it is important that Iran does have the right to civilian use of nuclear power, but we have very outspokenly agreed that they must not have the potential on a nuclear weapon whatsoever," Schroeder told the press during a news conference.

Pointing to European diplomatic efforts to settle the Iranian nuclear issue, Schroeder said, "Germany, France and Great Britain are absolutely ready to do everything and anything to come to a good solution for this problem."

"And we (Germans) will do everything and anything to come to a political and diplomatic solution. I think the steps, taken so far, have been good and right steps," the German leader added.

Schroeder's talks with Rice focused also on the situation in Iraq and Iran, the Middle East conflict, Afghanistan and preparations for the upcoming Germany visit of US President George W. Bush.

The American chief executive is scheduled to meet with Schroeder in the southwest German city of Mainz on February 23.

Washington and Berlin have stepped up rapprochement efforts in recent months after their post-World War II bilateral ties hit rock-bottom over their differences on the Iraq war.

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