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The US sanctions against Iran may increase instability in the region

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The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned on Wednesday that the US decision to impose sanctions on Iran could potentially increase instability in the region. He described as “a mistake” the Washington’s decision to withdraw the country from the nuclear deal with Iran, as he believes the deal is far better than any alternative.

“We are fighting for the deal because it is in the interests of our safety to bring security and transparency to the region”, said the German Foreign Minister.

Although, some members of Donald Trump’s government consider that the new sanctions will lead to political change, Heiko Maas warned that previous examples of “regime change” in Iraq and Libya have created even bigger problems.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said earlier that talks with the United States are not a taboo, but without a clear agenda will be meaningless for Iran.

Mohammad Javad Zarif stressed that Iran has never rejected the negotiations as a political tool, but they must have clear content and targets.

He also said that no one trusts the US anymore, and it is hard to imagine a dialogue with them after the resumed sanctions against Iran. The minister also expressed his view that the Americans would not be able to prevent his country from exporting oil and that they would have to bear the consequences of their attempts to do so. However, Zarif did not specify what the implications are.