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German Foreign Minister warns of "dangerous consequences" if Iran is attacked

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Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has warned against “dangerous” consequences of debating about a military strike against Iran, insisting that such efforts would strengthen Tehran’s standing rather than weakening it.

“I warn against floating the idea of military options,” Westerwelle told Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.

“These are debates…that strengthen the Iranian leadership rather than weaken it,” he added.

“Iran has the right to use nuclear energy for civil purposes but also the duty to exclude a military use,” he stated.

Westerwelle’s remarks came as the Israeli regime has renewed its aggressive rhetoric against Iran. Israeli President Shimon Peres threatened on Sunday that an attack against the Islamic Republic is becoming “more and more likely.”

Tel Aviv’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are reportedly making efforts to muster a majority in the cabinet to launch a military attack on Iran.

The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike, mainly based on a rhetorical allegation that Iran’s nuclear work may consist of a covert military agenda.

Iranian officials have reacted strongly to the American and Israeli provocative war rhetoric, insisting that the Islamic Republic will deliver a crushing response to any military strike against the country.

Iran has maintained that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found evidence indicating that the country’s civilian nuclear program has diverted towards a military program.


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4 Responses to " German Foreign Minister warns of "dangerous consequences" if Iran is attacked "

  1. JanB says:

    Iran has requested membership of the SCO. Once an approved member, two of the other members, China and Russa, must act creatively to prevent that Iran will be bombed to the stone age, subsequently looted, and the entire region polluted with radioactive waste.

    Failure to prevent that scenario and Russia will be next, with the result that China is cut off from resources, like Germany and Japan once were. Of course the German FM, much better educatated than Obama too, knows this rather well.

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  2. Robert says:

    It is going to happen, even the Vatican is preparing, Friday, November 11, 2011 – 11/11/11 http://beforeitsnews.com/story/1312/850/Controversy_Erupts_at_Vatican_over_November_11,_2011.html

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    • JanB says:

      Banks and multinational corporations are profiting from war, which is why the “occupy …” can make a decisive difference. Not only bear George Orwell’s books “1984” and “Animal Farm” much more resemblance to the USA today than to the former USSR, in a sense there’s a famine in the USA: http://www.dailyjobsupdate.com/public/food-stamps-charts

      For bankers and multinational corporations, that only serves as an incentive to proclaim martial law so the hungry and unemployed can be driven into FEMA labor camps as a cheap work force – just what the Nazis did during WWII. How likely this is, is suggested by the privatization of prison labor in the USA: http://daviddegraw.org/2011/08/fascism-in-america-the-american-legislative-exchange-council-prison-labor/

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  3. homma says:

    “just what the Nazis did during WWII”

    oh you mean just what the brits have done before germans and what you did to war prisoners after the war?

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