Richard Grenell said The US might be considering sanctions on those entities participating in these tactics and the French and German activities “would not be a smart move.”
The American ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell Said on Tuesday that the US government will contemplate sanctions against French and German entities that seek to evade sanctions on Iran’s clerical regime.
“The US will consider sanctions on those entities participating in these tactics,” Grenell said, adding the French and German activities “would not be a smart move.”
Grenell’s strong statements were in response to a Monday Wall Street Journal article, reporting that “France and Germany have joined forces to rescue a European effort to create a payments channel to keep trade flowing with Iran, defying US attempts to take the air out of the plan.”
The WSJ article cited senior diplomats as the sources for the French and German strategy to circumvent US sanctions.
The US government classifies Iran as the leading international state-sponsor of terrorism.
When asked about Germany, which has declared Israel’s security interests to part of its raison d’être, the spokesman for Israel’s foreign ministry, Emmanuel Nahshon, stated “We have an ongoing dialogue with Germany on Iran related issues.
We prefer to conduct it directly with the German authorities, and not through the media.”
However, just days ago at a pro-Israel conference in Frankfurt, Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan urged Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration to counter Iran because it is an”exporter of terror.”
“Germany should take a more aggressive stance against the Iranian regime... It was only yesterday that President Rouhani called Israel ‘metastatic cancer.’
History has taught us that antisemitic threats from fanatical leaders, and exporters of terror who have hegemonic aspirations, must be taken seriously,” said Erdan.
He implored Merkel to join US sanctions against Iran. President Reuven Rivlin also urged Merkel in October, during her visit to Jerusalem, to support American sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Merkel has consistently rejected Israel’s pleas to sanction Iran’s regime, raising questions about her administration’s support for the security of the Jewish state.
When the Germany’s social democratic foreign minister Heiko Maaswas asked, who is a zealous supporter of busting US sanctions against Iran, and who announced earlier this year that he went into politics “because of Auschwitz,” about the sanctions evasion mechanism, an unnamed spokesperson for the German foreign ministry stated on Wednesday: “Foreign Minister Maas has repeatedly expressed his clear attitude to the Shoah in his speeches.”
When asked for specifics, the foreign ministry declined to respond. When asked for a specific comment to Ambassador Grenell.
When an explicit response to Grenell’s comment and the apparent disconnect between Maas’s comment about Auschwitz and his conduct to boost economic support for a regime in Tehran that is the largest state-sponsor of lethal antisemitism and Holocaust denial,the spokesperson never responded.
Paul Furia, a spokesman for France’s foreign ministry, wrote on an email dying that France is working on a response via another spokesperson who is well-versed in the sanctions matter.
The steps by Europe’s most powerful countries are part of their campaign to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal after President Trump withdrew the US in May.
Their goal is to help European companies continue some business activity with Iran despite sweeping new US sanctions on the country and any company that does business with it.
The Journal added that “France or Germany will host the corporation that would handle the payments channel, the diplomats said.
If France hosts it, a German official will head the corporation and vice versa. Both countries will help fund the corporation.
Chancellor Merkel’s office did not immediately respond to a Post query.