- German FM Warns Against ‘Dangerous Military Escalation’ Between US & Iran
Steps must be taken to avoid war between Tehran and Washington, Germany’s foreign minister warned, echoing broader concern in Europe over the fallout of the new standoff in the Middle East.
Following stops in Jordan and Iraq, German FM Heiko Maas met with his counterpart in Iran on Monday to discuss ways to breathe new life into the 2015 nuclear pact, hoping to avert further escalation with Washington amid a flurry of accusations and threats.
“The situation in the region here is highly explosive and extremely serious,” Maas told reporters after meeting with Iranian FM Javad Zarif. “A dangerous escalation of existing tensions can also lead to a military escalation.”
In that atmosphere of hostility, a number of large European firms have ceased dealings with the Islamic Republic in fear of American sanctions, isolating the country further from global markets. A long-awaited trade vehicle designed to help Iran circumvent US sanctions will be ready soon, Maas said, which Germany hopes will restore some trade between Iran and Europe and help “avert a failure” of the nuclear deal.