Tensions between Tehran and Washington, which have been growing since Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, peaked this January following the killing of the Islamic Republic’s top commander Qasem Soleimani. Following the assassination, Germany and other European countries reiterated their calls for avoiding escalation.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has lambasted the US over its policy of maximum pressure on Iran, warning of a flare-up in the region and called for diplomatic solutions with Tehran. As the chief diplomat told the German outlet Bild am Sonntag, “threats and military actions have not changed anything” when it comes to the stance of the Iranian leadership.
“We should not pretend that the situation will automatically improve with a regime change in Tehran by outside forces. This approach has already failed, for example, in Iraq”, he said.
He also noted that if one wanted to improve the situation for the Iranians, there was no point in ending the dialogue.
“Then, we should talk to Iran and demand compliance with human rights. In any case, solely threats and military escalation have brought nothing. We want to prevent a flare-up in the Middle East”, he urged.
Maas called on Germany’s allies to take the European approach to the crisis, namely the EU’s reliance on diplomacy instead of escalation, and defended the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
“Without the agreement, Iran would…