- Title: U.S. strike against Soleimani was reaction to Iran provocations - Germany
- Date: 3rd January 2020
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (JANUARY 3, 2020) (REUTERS) GERMAN GOVERNMENT NEWS CONFERENCE GERMAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESWOMAN ULRIKE DEMMER SEATED VARIOUS OF JOURNALIST ASKING QUESTION (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESWOMAN ULRIKE DEMMER, SAYING: "The American action was a reaction to a series of military provocations for which Iran is responsible. I recall the attacks on tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and on Saudi oil plants . We have condemned the attacks on the coalition troops in Iraq as well as the recent attacks on the U.S. embassy." CAMERA (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN GOVERNMENT SPOKESWOMAN ULRIKE DEMMER, SAYING: "We also see with great concern Iran's activities in the region. We stand before a dangerous escalation. Now it is crucial to contribute to a de-escalation in a cautious and considerate manner. The regional conflicts can only be solved in a diplomatic way and we are in contact about this with our allies. " NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 17th January 2020 11:09
- Keywords: German government Iran Soleimani provocations
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUMB0AV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The U.S. air strike in Iraq that killed Iran Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani was a reaction to military provocations by the Islamic Republic, a German government spokeswoman said on Friday (January 3).
"The American action was a reaction to a series of military provocations for which Iran is responsible," Ulrike Demmer said during a regular government news conference.
"We also see with great concern Iran's activities in the region. We stand before a dangerous escalation," she said, adding that Germany would work to de-escalate the situation.
(Production: Martin Schlicht, Ulrike Heil)
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