According to the minister, "a success of an Israeli strike on Iran nuclear facilities is highly unlikely and (will cause) obvious political damage." In an interview to the German newspaper Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, de Maizière said that the European Union believes in the power of sanctions.
The EU-imposed oil embargo on Iran will begin in July.
The German Minister also mentioned that the report on Panetta was not a direct quote. "Panetta didn't say Israel will strike Iran in the spring. I spoke with him. The report was made by a journalist."
Haniyeh met with supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Sunday. In the meeting Khamenei promised Iran's support for the Palestinian resistance. He noted that the recent Palestinian achievements result from the Islamic awakening in the region, as well as the strength of the Palestinian factions.
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