German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas negatively perceives the US approach to Iran, believing that the policy of threats will not bring the desired result. The head of German diplomacy expressed his opinion on the "Iranian issue" in an interview with Bild am Sonntag, published on Sunday, January 19, Deutsche Welle reports.
"In any case, the threats and the aggravation of military conflicts also did not bring anything. We want to prevent a large-scale fire in the Middle East. The EU relies on diplomacy instead of escalation," Maas said.
He condemned Washington's actions for unilaterally withdrawing from a nuclear deal and using maximum pressure on Tehran.
The change of regime provoked from the outside will not improve the situation in Iran, the head of German diplomacy is convinced. As an argument, he cited the example of Iraq, where the implementation of such plans went awry.
The German Foreign Minister is convinced of the need to maintain a dialogue with Tehran, which, among other things, must be required to respect human rights in relation to its own citizens.
Relations between the United States and Iran began to deteriorate a year ago after the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), known as the "nuclear deal." The United States returned sanctions against Iran, including those relating to the export of Iranian oil. Tehran, in turn, ceased compliance with part of the obligations under the JCPOA.
After the assassination of Iranian General Kassem Suleimani on January 3, 2020, the situation in the Middle East became tenser: US and Iranian policies towards each other turned into a format of threats. In addition, in January of this year, US military bases were repeatedly subjected to rocket attacks, to which Iran is believed to be involved.
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