It is almost clear: without a proper international payment channel to Iran, the nuclear deal cannot be saved. The German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, urges creating such channel between Europe and Iran, independent of the US.
In an article published by Handelsblatt, Mr Maas has blamed some of the European-American recent political and economic relations. Regarding the Iran’s deal he states:
“…it is of strategic importance that we make it clear to Washington that we want to work together. But also: That we will not allow you to go over our heads, and at our expense. That is why it was right to protect European companies legally from sanctions. It is therefore essential that we strengthen European autonomy by establishing payment channels independent of the US, a European monetary fund and an independent SWIFT [payments] system. The devil is in thousands of details. But every day that the Iran agreement lasts, is better than the potentially explosive crisis that threatens the Middle East otherwise.”
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