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Sun Feb 14 05:51:50 SAST 2016

German defence minister says strike on Iran 'not illegitimate'

Sapa-dpa | 14 September, 2012 15:38
Iranian workers stand in front of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, about 1,200 km south of Tehran. File picture

While unwise, a military strike against a nuclear-armed Iran would be legitimate, according to Germany's defence minister.

"In terms of military action against Iran, this action is not illegitimate, but not wise," Thomas de Maiziere told the European Israeli Dialogue conference Tuesday.

His comments, which were initially reported by the German conservative daily Die Welt on Thursday, and were confirmed by his spokesman on Friday, have triggered strong criticism from members of Germany's opposition parties.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert noted that the government's common belief is that it is important to observe with great concern that Iran's nuclear program could pave the was for a weapons program.


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