German Chancellor: Every opportunity should be used to ease Iran tensions

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UPDATED 7:12 AM PT — Monday, August 26, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the G7 must explore every possible way to reduce tensions with Iran. While speaking at the G7 summit in France Sunday, Merkel said she and her international counterparts had a “constructive discussion” of the threat posed by the Islamic Republic.

She strongly suggested that the international community should advance talks with the Ayatollah regime to curtail its nuclear aspirations. This comes after Iran’s foreign minister made a surprise appearance at the G7 summit, sparking shock and confusion among attendees. However, Merkel said dialogue with Iran is still possible.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a press conference on the situation in Sahel during the G7 summit in Biarritz, southwestern France, Sunday Aug. 25 2019. A top Iranian official paid an unannounced visit Sunday to the G-7 summit and headed straight to the building where leaders of the world’s major democracies have been debating how to handle the country’s nuclear ambitions. (Ian Langsdon Pool via AP)

“Then for a long time yesterday, we dealt with the subject of Iran,” explained the German chancellor. “We had a very good constructive discussion, which made clear that everyone agrees that Iran must not be given nuclear weapons and that everyone wants to achieve this result by means of a negotiated solution.”

Merkel also urged “immediate communication” between the EU and U.S. on further possibilities to advance talks with Iran.

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