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Europe Sides With Iran Over Nuclear Deal

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Europe Sides With Iran Over Nuclear Deal

Europe Sides With Iran Over Nuclear Deal
August 08
15:52 2018

Germany’s increasing displeasure with the Trump Administration is causing an unprecedented attempt to interfere in US politics.

“America is bigger than the White House,” said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. “Trump will not change that…He can tweet as much as he wants.”

Major areas of contention between Trump and Berlin include:

• Immigration policy
• Germany’s $64 billion trade surplus with the US
• Germany’s weak NATO spending
• Germany’s dependence on natural gas from Russia
• Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
• Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran and Berlin’s ongoing effort to keep the deal intact

Mr. Maas’ colleague, Niels Annen, in a recent interview called for direct intervention in US politics – “urging the explicit lobbying of governors, congressmen, and senators as a means of benefiting German trade policy,” reports Fox News.

Former MP Friedrich Merz urged Europeans to “intensify the dialogue with those social and political groups and institutions in America that do not follow the battle cry ‘America first’ and who, like us Europeans, feel a common and mutual responsibility for an open and free society.”

Such calls for intervention have infuriated GOP congressmen, who are urging Germany to wind down business with Iran and comply with US sanctions.

In particular, congressmen are calling on Berlin to block Iran’s Mahan Air from entering German airspace. In the past, the airline has been used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to transport soldiers, weapons, and other resources.

Last month, Iran threatened to block all oil exports from the Strait of Hormuz if the US succeeds in its promise to halt crude sales from Tehran.

About two weeks ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Washington’s harsh policies on Iran could lead to the “mother of all wars.”

And according to recent reports from Bavaria’s intelligence agency, Iran is working to turn its conventional military weapons into a system for weapons of mass destruction.

In light of these threats, it is “distressing” that Germany is straining relations with the US in order to maintain ties with Iran, said Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R).

“It is in the interest of all of our allies to comply with the American sanctions against Iran, including and especially those which were passed into law by successive American Congresses and have been affirmed by successive American presidents,” said Cruz. “In recent weeks, the Ayatollahs have been caught trying to conduct terrorism across Europe and reportedly to launch cyberattacks against us and our allies.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R) urged Germany and other allies to “stand on the right side of history and support the re-imposition of sanctions against Iran,” which, “in addition to being the biggest state sponsor of terrorism and a nuclear proliferator…is directly complicit in the Syrian tragedy.”

Cruz and Rubio, who both ran against Trump in 2016, joined eight other Republican Senators in a letter urging Germany, the UK, and France to follow US sanctions that will be re-imposed on Iran in November.

“We write to urge you to comply with all American sanctions but also to emphasize we would find it particularly troubling if you sought to evade or undermine American statutes…Any attempt to evade or subvert them could well prompt congressional action, in coordination with other elements of the U.S. government, to ensure their integrity.”

In response to the letter, one German official said the US remains Germany’s “most important partner and ally outside the EU” regardless of whom President Trump defines as a foe.

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