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Germany warns US Iran sanctions could cause 'chaos'

AFP  |  Berlin 

German warned today that US Donald Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on could further destabilise the and boost radical forces in the region.

Trump brought back the punishing sanctions after unilaterally pulling out of a landmark 2015 deal between and Western powers to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"We still think that it is a mistake to give up on the nuclear accord with Iran," Maas said in an interview with the daily

"We are fighting for the deal because it also serves our purpose by bringing about security and transparency in the region."

Noting Iran's geographic proximity to Europe, Maas warned that "anyone who's hoping for regime change must not forget that whatever follows could bring us much bigger problems."

"Isolating could boost radical and fundamentalist forces," he said, adding that "chaos in Iran, as we have experienced in or Libya, would further destabilise an already troubled region." In a desperate bid to save the nuclear accord, European governments have pledged to do what they can to keep business links with

Despite the political will to hold firm, many large European firms such as German automaker are leaving for fear of US penalties. The US to Germany, Richard Grenell, welcomed the

"We are pleased to see German businesses stopping their trade with Iran, complying with U S sanctions, and helping pressure the Iranian regime back to the table," he tweeted.

"We stand together to stop Iran's malign activities.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 16:00 IST