German FM: No military action against Iran

Feb 4, 2012, 8:22 AM

MUNICH (AP) – Germany’s foreign minister says Europe is determined to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran but is warning against military action.

Sitting on a panel with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Guido Westerwelle said Saturday the European Union’s recent decision to expand sanctions against Tehran makes “very clear that Europe is not willing to allow for a nuclear armed Iran.”

He says Europe is “convinced a nuclear armed Iran is not only a danger to the security of that region, but is a danger to the whole world.”

But in the wake of reports that Israel may be preparing for military strikes against Iran, Westerwelle said Europe is “warning against escalation.

He says the European Union’s goal is to avoid a military conflict.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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German FM: No military action against Iran