By Siamak Dehghanpour and Babak Gorji
Voice of America, PNN
Nov 20 (Washington) – The German vice-chairperson of a Delegation at the European Parliament which oversees relations with Iran, in an interview with the Persian service of the Voice of America refutes the idea of cutting Germany’s economic ties with Iran suggesting to limit the ties “only to necessities”.
The German Spiegel magazine said in a report based on the Germany’s statistical center that total amount of exports to Iran in the first eight months of the current year was more than 2 billion euro. Some western media accuse Germany of helping the Islamic republic to secure its economic stability.
Kurt Lechner, who along with two other prominent members if the Europen Delegation had attended Thursday in the Persian-language program of “Ofogh” (Horizon) of the Voice of America broadcasting into Iran, said: “The Germany’s economic ties with Iran should not be improved in any way.”
Responding to a question about any possible decision about limiting Germany’s economic ties with Iran, Lechner said “relations between the two countries should be limited only to necessities.”
He further said “all possible means, other than a military action, should be considered in order to see changes in behavior of Iran’s regime by increasing pressures on Tehran.”
According to Iran’s Custom Office, Germany was the fourth biggest exporter to Iran in the past seven months after United Arab Emirates, China and South Korea. Iran is under international economic sanctions because of disputes over its controversial nuclear program.
“Be sure that Germany would never be dependent to Iran’s gas or oil to meet its energy needs,” Lechner stressed.