Thursday, July 31, 2008

Iran, Germany gas deal angers Israel

Israel voices opposition to the German government's decision to approve the building of three liquefied natural gas plants in Iran.

The deal for engineering firm Steiner Prematechnik Gastec GmbH is worth more than 100 million euros (156 million dollars).

On Thursday, Israel's Foreign Ministry said the deal contravened the spirit of the sanctions imposed by the UN against Iran over its nuclear program. Israel plans to contact senior German officials and ask for an explanation, the ministry added.

In response, Germany stressed that the agreement did not fall under any category of goods banned from export to Iran, saying that there were no legal grounds preventing the project from going ahead.

"We merely have to decide whether this proposal falls within existing EU and German law, and it does,” said Holger Beutel, a spokesman for the government office.

Germany is one of the Group 5 + 1 countries leading efforts to resolve disagreements with Iran over its nuclear program.

Israel has called on the West to increase its sanctions to persuade Iran to halt its uranium enrichment program. The Israeli regime is the only country in the region that currently possesses a nuclear arsenal.

adapted from: Press TV


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