“German Foreign Minister Threatens Sanctions Against Ukraine”

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#AceNewsServices says `German FM threatens sanctions against `Ukraine Government’ over crisis’

BERLIN, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — Germany must act decidedly in response to the crisis in Ukraine and sanctions against the government should be used as a threat if efforts seeking to find a political solution are rejected, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Monday.

Steinmeier described the situation in Ukraine as “highly explosive” in an interview with Germany’s ARD television late on Monday.

“I think we must now show sanctions as a threat,” the minister said, adding that Germany had to be ready to opt for these measures if talks between the government and opposition did not lead to “expected and demanded progress.”

Talks between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader Vitali Klychko are planned for Tuesday in Kiev, which is also expected to be attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, reports said.

The sanction comments of Steinmeier, who called for engagement of German government to help create a political solution to end the Ukrainian crisis, strike a different tone from the line taken so far by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said last week there was no question of sanctions at the moment.

Ukraine has been hit by more than two months of protests following a government decision to put on hold an association agreement with the European Union and opt for closer relations with Russia.

Demonstrations turned violent on Jan. 19, when radical activists attacked riot police with fireworks and petrol bombs. At least four people were reportedly killed and hundreds of others, including police officers, injured during clashes between protesters and the government forces in the past two weeks.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference that Ukrainian government had met all the requirements of the opposition and the latter should do their part to end the crisis in the East European country.

Yanukovych on Monday warned Ukrainians against fomenting extremism and radicalism in the society. Earlier in the day, he returned to work from four days of sick leave from acute respiratory disease.

 

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#Iran : ” Completion of `Nuclear Deal’ in Six Months” but `Dissenter’s Voice’ their Objection’s”

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#AceNewsServices says `Iran Nuclear Deal Possible in Six Months according to – FM

An agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is possible within six months, Reuters quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Monday.

He added he was not worried about the US Congress trying to impose new sanctions.“With good will we can reach an agreement within six months,” he told the German Council on Foreign Relations. 

(Reuters) – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Mohammad Zarif said on Monday a final deal with world powers on Tehran’s nuclear program is possible within six months if there is good will and he was not worried about the U.S. Congress trying to impose new sanctions.

U.S. President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address last week to veto any legislation that threatens the talks with Iran. U.S. senators including some of Obama’s Democrats have co-sponsored a bill that would impose new restrictions on Iran if talks on a permanent accord falter.

But Iran has warned that it will walk away from negotiations – raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East – if the bill becomes law. It is now stalled in the Senate.

Zarif was visiting Berlin after meeting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other members of the six powers negotiating with Iran at the annual Munich Security Conference at the weekend.

Iran reached a landmark preliminary agreement with them in November to halt its most sensitive nuclear operations, winning some relief from sanctions in return. Talks with the six powers about a definitive settlement begin in Vienna on February 18.

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