Europe Needs the Nuclear Agreement with Iran: Interview by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas with “Bild am Sonntag” (Excerpts)

May 11, 2019

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

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Germany, France and the UK have just failed in the conflict on the nuclear agreement with Iran.

I see that differently. Donald Trump did not manage to divide us Europeans or to push us into withdrawing from the agreement. All EU member countries unanimously support our stance.

But now Iran has threatened Europe with withdrawal. Was Germany wrong to take Iran’s side rather than America’s?

On the contrary. The main reason we need the agreement is because we do not trust Iran. At any rate, the agreement is currently the safest way to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons. You achieve more with clear rules and inspections than by threats alone. That is why we still firmly believe that  the world is safer with the agreement than without it. Along with our European partners, we must do everything we can to prevent military conflict.

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