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German minister engulfed by storm of criticism for Iran visit

BERLIN - German Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s three-day business trip to Iran over the weekend sparked a wave of intense criticism from members of his social democratic party and NGOs.
In an interview with RadioEins, Kevin Kühnert, the head of the Berlin youth organization for the Social Democrats, Juso, questioned Gabriel’s visit to conclude business deals with Iran.
“Did Germany do enough in the negotiations to eliminate the possibility of an Iranian atomic program or were economic interests so large that they have priority?”
Kühnert added, “Under Rouhani more people were executed than under [former president Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. I don’t want to see pictures in which people are hanged from German cranes. Under these premises, I do not want to restart trade with this land.”

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