- German FM Blasts US Policy on Iran, Says Europe Wants to Prevent ‘Firestorm’ in Middle East Without Regime Change
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that, instead of following the US’ maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the EU will stick to diplomacy in order to avoid further escalation of tensions in the region.
The US and Europe have a “different approach” to Iran and the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for its nuclear program, Maas told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, in an interview published on Saturday.
“While the US unilaterally abandoned the nuclear agreement and imposed maximum pressure [on Tehran], we want to achieve progress through negotiations. France, Britain and Germany want to keep the deal to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” Maas stated. The minister added that “pure threats” and military action have done “nothing” to change Iran’s behavior.
“We should not pretend that an externally-induced regime change in Tehran will automatically improve the situation. That has gone badly elsewhere, like in Iraq.”
“We want to prevent a firestorm in the Middle East. The EU relies on diplomacy, not escalation,”Maas stressed.