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"I made it clear that we are now entering a phase in which sanctions should be imposed on Iran," Merkel said. Iran had turned down all the constructive offers that had been made so far.
The international community suspects that the country is developing nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian nuclear programme.
On the Iran issue Hariri said: "Every country has the right to seek the peaceful use of nuclear power." Lebanon's position would be decided in agreement with the Arab League and presented when Lebanon was ready to do so.