Germany rejects US Congress plans to tighten Iran sanctions

Berlin, Jan 27, IRNA — The German government warned against US Congress plans to step up sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
  Speaking to media representatives on Monday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Martin Schaefer stressed any attempts to damage the ongoing highly sensitive diplomatic talks between Iran and six world powers (the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) aimed at resolving the nuclear row was ‘not the right way’.

Although the US administration has pursued a multilateral diplomacy with Iran, it has reportedly been under constant pressure from Congress. Powerful American lawmakers and influential pro-Zionist regime lobby groups have repeatedly called for increased economic pressure on Iran to extract further concessions.

Schaefer reiterated prospects for finally settling this 12-year-old conflict had never been this good.

He pointed to a recent joint op-ed piece in the Washington Post in which German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his French and British counterpart made clear that right now was not the time to tighten sanctions against Tehran.

Schaefer expressed hope again that a political framework agreement could be reached by March.



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