TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham has expressed regret over German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent remarks about Iran, saying “the truth should not be distorted to appease others.”
“These untrue remarks have been made in a place where the largest number of cases of human rights violations, acts of intimidation and aggression, and criminal actions has occurred against the original inhabitants of the Palestinian territories and other regional countries, frequently and on a daily basis,” she said on Thursday.
According to Reuters, Merkel said on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries.
But she stopped short of endorsing her host’s demand that Tehran give up all nuclear projects under any negotiated deal with world powers.
“We see the threat not just as a threat for… Israel but as a general threat for Europe as well,” she said, adding that Germany would pursue international talks with Tehran on its nuclear activities.
“It is clear that there is a difference of opinion here with regard to these negotiations and whether they ought to take place. We have set out on the path of low enrichment, but enrichment does take place and I believe that we can succeed,” she said.
“The question is whether we will be able to achieve a result that is better than the present state of affairs. We have decided it is better to participate in the negotiations because we believe that to be better than the status quo.”
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