Iran has threatened with consequences if the country violates the provisions of the nuclear agreement. “We are counting on Iran to keep it up. If that is not the case, of course, it has consequences, “said German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday in Berlin. Background reports are that Iran could have produced more low-enriched uranium in just a few days than is allowed for the country.
In 2015, the Iran accepted restrictions on its own nuclear program, as agreed with an international group of states. However, the United States has recently terminated the treaty and put in place sanctions against Iran.
Merkel called for a peaceful solution to the conflict, in which the oil supply from Arab countries also plays a role. “Of course, we take this statement very seriously,” she said about the films and photos submitted by the US government to prove that Iran is behind the attacks on tankers. Nevertheless, the conflict must be settled peacefully: “This is a very serious situation.” Germany will make it clear to all sides, but above all Iran, “that the situation may not be aggravated”.
The situation in the Middle East has worsened sharply following attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. The United States blames Iran for what the Tehran government is denying. US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of 1,000 additional soldiers to the region.