Trump's threat of sanctions against Iraq 'is not very useful': Germany

BERLIN: President of the USA UU. Donald Trump to impose sanctions Iraq If Baghdad expels US troops based there, it is not very useful, the German Foreign Minister said on Monday.

"I don't think you can convince Iraq with threats, but with arguments," Maas told Deutschlandfunk radio, warning that years-long efforts to rebuild Iraq "could all be lost" if the situation escalates.

Trump earlier vowed to hit Iraq with sanctions "like they've never seen before" if US troops are forced to leave the country.

The threat came after Iraq i lawmakers voted on Sunday to request the government end an agreement with a US-led international coalition to fight the hardline Islamist group IS in the region.

Tensions have skyrocketed following the assassination of Iranian General Qassim Soleimani over a US drone attack in Baghdad on Friday.

A furious Tehran Since then he has announced a new step back from his commitments with the 2015 nuclear agreement, leaving in doubt the future of the hard-fought pact.

European leaders have called for an urgent reduction in tensions, but Maas admitted that the US secretary of state. UU. Mike Pompeo He had expected greater support from the allies.

Apparently he was not very happy that we did not fully support the actions of the United States, Maas said after Pompeo spoke by phone with his German, French and British counterparts.

Maas said it was important for the European Union to present a united position in order to play a significant role in helping to cool the spirits.

"Our own security interests are massively affected by the fight in Iraq against international terrorism , against IS, then we have a responsibility here, he said.

I think it is necessary for EU Foreign Ministers to meet quickly in Brussels to coordinate a European position.

He also said that Germany, France and Britain would decide this week how to react to I ran The decision to renounce the enrichment limit that he had promised to comply with in the nuclear agreement.

We cannot accept this without responding, said Maas.

It certainly does not make things easier and could be the first step towards the end of the agreement and that would be a great loss.

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