By: Steve Dellar | 07-10-2018 | News
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Germany - Merkel Investigates Iran €300 Million Cash Transfer Demand

The German government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is stuck between a rock and a hard place as it appears the Iranian Mullahs want to fly out €300 million (in cash) from an Iranian-German bank in Hamburg to Teheran as the American withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has sent their currency in doldrums and their government members are desperate for foreign cash.

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The biggest German newspaper Bild reported the story yesterday for the first time and since then many conservative politicians have been asked by the press whether they would approve the transfer to take place.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BERLIN: <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#German</a> authorities are considering a request by Iran to withdraw €300 million from bank accounts held in Germany and transfer the cash to <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a> , Bild newspaper reported Monday, citing unnamed government officials.<br>Read more …<a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Middle East Affairs (@AffairsEast) <a href="">July 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The money in question is currently being held by the European-Iranian Trade Bank (a company owned by the Iranian state), which is registered in Hamburg with the German central bank, the Bundesbank, and therefore the German government can block it should it deem such a transfer ‘suspicious.’

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The US Ambassador to Germany, Mr. Richard Grenell, stated to the German press that President Donald Trump would be ‘very concerned’ should such a cash money transfer take place at this time and he, therefore, called upon the German government ‘to intervene and stop the plan.’

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It&#39;s dangerous to give the &quot;most active state sponsor of terrorism&quot; cash. It will immediately turn into shedding blood of innocent people! <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ExpelIranDiplomatTerrorists</a> to <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Belgium</a> for investigations. Much will be revealed about <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a> regime role in terrorism the world over!</p>&mdash; Justice and Peace (@justicendpeace) <a href="">July 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Iranian government is faced with severe difficulties for its government members now that the official currency, the Iranian rial, has been in free fall ever since the White House administration of Mr. Trump decided to withdraw from the six nations nuclear deal.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Top US officials are „deeply concerned” by reports of the planned cash delivery of 300 Mio. Euro from Germany to Iran. Ambassador <a href="">@RichardGrenell</a> tells <a href="">@BILD</a>: „We are encouraging the German government at the highest levels to intervene to stop this“: <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Antje Schippmann (@antjeschippmann) <a href="">July 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Iranian President Rouhani visited Europe earlier this week, but with the EU Presidency now squarely in hands of Austria, whose Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz sees eye to eye with US President Donald Trump on the Iran nuclear deal, the news he received in diplomatic circles was not good.

Mr. Rouhani stated that the offers “proposed by the EU do not contain concrete and practical solutions."

According to Pegah Rifsan, an Iranian journalist, the mood in Tehran is slowly shifting: "We danced on the streets when the deal was signed. We supported Rouhani and his policies as he represents our interests. The withdrawal from the agreement by the US was a declaration of war on the Iranian people. The EU should support our desire for peace."


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Schermann No. 30853 2018-07-10 : 11:29

"Death to Iran!"

Anonymous No. 30862 2018-07-10 : 13:59

Saudi Arabia and Israel are the primary sponsors of terrorism in the region though. Unless Germany want a big wave of immigrants caused by another state being destroyed to make way for bigger Israel then they really should let them take back the money that's rightfully theirs.

Rambo 65 No. 30928 2018-07-11 : 08:26

Hang Merkel if she allows this

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