Germany's foreign minister told Iran on Saturday it was not too late to avoid sanctions and urged Tehran to return to negotiations over its nuclear file.
"We have made it extremely clear that our offer for cooperation with Iran remains on the table," Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview on RBB-Inforadio. "We are prepared at any time to return to the negotiating table if Iran says it is ready to accept the conditions for negotiations."
"At the moment there is no way to successfully negotiate (with Iran)," Steinmeier said.
Although the Western powers have yet to reach an agreement on what specific sanctions should be imposed on Iran, Steinmeier said he was confident they would reach a deal. A list of possible sanctions had been agreed, he said.
Steinmeier said Iran should not be so certain "the economic interests of Russia and China will automatically determine the positions of their governments in the Iranian nuclear conflict".