Sunday, September 9, 2012

Germany Says A Nuclear-Armed Iran Not An Option

The Iran File

In an article in The Jerusalem Post, Guido Westerwelle, Germany's foreign minister, said today that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a threat to the entire Middle East. Germany joins a list of western nations echoing such sentiments:
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle emphasized the concerns his country shared with Israel over Iran's nuclear program, following a meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday. "A nuclear-armed Iran would not only pose a threat to Israel but to the stability of the entire region. A nuclear-armed Iran is not an option," he said.

"We share the concern in Israel about the nuclear program in Iran," Westerwelle told reporters before his meeting with Barak. He added that Germany would maintain sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Iran, adding that there was still room for diplomacy. "We urgently call on Iran to enter into substantial negotiations," he said.

"Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran is not an option," he added.
Germany, along with Britain and France are calling  for more sanctions against Iran. It's a good and rational step, no doubt. But the central question is whether such sanctions will convince the Islamic Republic to stop its nuclear program. Given its recent history of open defiance to western initiatives thus far, it seems unlikely.

You can read the rest of the article at [The Jerusalem Post]

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