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Germany warns against military option in Iran nuclear issue

Berlin, Jan 23, IRNA-German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier here Sunday warned that any thought of using military force against Iran to settle differences in views on the country's nuclear program would be "dangerous."

Speaking to Germany's ARD television, Steinmeier moreover said that Europe ought to continue to use diplomacy to try to arrive at a solution to the nuclear issue.

Referring to threats issued by certain quarters of the possible use of military force against Iran, he said German policy opposes measures that would escalate tensions.

The German foreign minister made the remarks in reponse to the German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung's view aired on Saturday which insisted on a military solution to the nuclear issue.

Meanwhile, the deputy leader of the Greens in the German parliament, Juergen Trittin, in reaction to Jung's remarks, on Sunday warned of any policy of using military force against Iran.

He criticized the German defense minister for "playing with fire" with his view on the Iran nuclear issue, adding it would have negative consequences on the policies of Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Trittin noted that Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier were both in favor of the use of non-military ways to settle differences on the issue.

He said threats of a military action by German officials would greatly diminish the weight of the country's stance on the issue.

... Payvand News - 1/23/06 ... --

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