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Germany asks banks to ease up on Iran

The Local · 2 Dec 2012, 09:43

Published: 02 Dec 2012 09:43 GMT+01:00

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German banks must stop blocking financial transactions between German and Iranian bank accounts because this is leading to a shortage of medical supplies, the Foreign Ministry argued in a letter seen by Sunday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The letter, sent by Emily Haber, a Foreign Ministry diplomat, to Uwe Fröhlich, President of the Federal Association of German Cooperative Banks (BVR), asked banks to “look into how they can facilitate transactions between Germany and Iran for humanitarian purposes,” wrote the paper.

“Obviously some German banks are refusing to process these transactions, with reference to the political situation and EU sanctions,” wrote Haber.

Haber reminded banks that EU sanctions were not aimed at the Iranian population, so groceries and medical supplies were excluded from the ban on transactions.

The letter comes just weeks after German politicians prompted outrage in Israel and the US when they travelled to Iran in late October for a controversial visit they claimed was aimed at addressing human rights violations, but which critics said was designed to strengthen trade links between the two countries.

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14:07 December 2, 2012 by bobmarchiano
If Iran sets of a nuke they will need more then medical supplies

If the German Foreign Ministry feels Iran needs cash send your own money PLEASE

So Germany can hire a New G.F.M with a brain.
15:17 December 2, 2012 by local20102012
That is a good news, from what I know a lot of vital drugs for terminal patients are in serious shortage. there are very sick people suffering because of this.
16:28 December 2, 2012 by Onlythetruth
The EU sanctions were not aimed at the general population of Iran? Who do you think supports the Iranian government and makes it possible for it to remain in power and develop nuclear weapons, the martians? I hope german banks are making ready for the future funding of treatment for the all the israel casualties when the mullahs drop the big one on Tel Aviv to "wipe Israel off the map".
18:45 December 2, 2012 by Zubair Khan
A good decision.
20:37 December 2, 2012 by Leo Strauss
Can someone please tell me the last time that Iran attacked another country?

Now, when was the last time that NATO or Israel attacked another country?

No need to complicate things here. :)
00:35 December 3, 2012 by marimay
I think Only the Truth only reads deceptive mainstream media headlines for his news source.

He complains about Iran when Obama is playing dictator. That's cute. LOL
01:50 December 3, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Ah Leo, perhaps you would like to tell us all that Iran's provision of the Taliban with weapons in Afghanistan isn't an attack on that country? But that is just a deceptive fact right marimay? The NATO effort to help the people of that region free themselves from the Taliban is just Obama playing the dictator right boys? You guys should consider going on the road as a comedy act. You'll have me laughing at least.
09:38 December 3, 2012 by Leo Strauss

Even the mainstream media is ahead of Onlytheirtruth.

Ever get the feeling that some "people" get paid to post here? :)

Dear Cyber Soldiers,

We are tired of the banksters` illegal wars and "kinetic actions" and have no desire to see Iran become the next scorched-earth success story (Af-Pak, Iraq, Libya, Syria...). We have alternative media and are aware of what is happening. Please take your disinformation campaigns to another website.

Thank you,

12:29 December 3, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Ah, Leo, you've found me out, blown my cover as it were. Your suspicions were correct all along! I'm a secret Mossad agent assigned to constantly remind fluffballs like youself online how lightweight you are. But now that you have seen through my secret assignment my masters will have to call off all their "kinetic actions". Well done!
15:50 December 3, 2012 by Leo Strauss

I didn`t say that you were Mossad. That is purely your assertion. Just another cheap attempt to steer the discussion around to your favourite smear: Holocaust Denial. Nice try.

Secondly, cyber soldiers and PSYOPs are not a "secret", gov`ts around the world freely admit to their existence.

I`ve wasted enough time on you. You`re just blowin in the wind here, troop.

For all the real people out there, check out:

Government Spies & Internet Trolls: What you should KNOW! on Youtube.

18:24 December 3, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Busted! How did you know I was a merely a "cybersoldier" and not Mossad? I have to practice not being so obvious. If pinheads like you can sniff me out I don't deserve the fast cars and faster girls they give me.

Anyway at least I tricked you into mentioning my favorite subject "the holocaust". But now unfortunately you'll insist on giving us a few thousand words on how the germans had nothing to do with it.
19:00 December 3, 2012 by Leo Strauss

Thanks for the:

PSY OP/ TV talking points

fear and war mongering

name calling

Appeals to Ridicule

Straw man Arguments

You need to seek re-assignment, troop. Go spook another website.

As always, the last word is yours _______________________. ;)
19:22 December 3, 2012 by Onlythetruth
You'll have to forgive me Leo but you are so easy to ridicule and the temptation is too much for me.
00:46 December 4, 2012 by marimay
Why? You are just regurgitating the nonsense you have been told and believe. It is boring and predictable. You should try to enjoy the world, not fear it, for there is ultimately nothing to fear.
03:29 December 4, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Why? Because you're so obviously a very gullible fellow Leo and its funny in an uncharitable sort of way. Unfortunately it amuses me at the moment to highlight what a very callow fellow you are - the mainstream media being in a conspiracy to keep us from the truth and the "alternative media" having the real story. Its so unoriginal and boring. Its been done Leo, I'm afraid you need a new act. This paranoid one is becoming boring.
17:06 December 4, 2012 by marimay
Oh, I broke the posting robot.
17:56 December 4, 2012 by Leo Strauss
@marimay # 16

Hey m, I think that is the funniest post I have ever read here.XD You`re the best. The only question now is, what country is going to send you the bill?

Have a good one.

02:23 December 5, 2012 by Onlythetruth
Your tragedy marimay is that my last post is as applicable to you as it is to Leo - no wonder I mistook your post for his. Maybe you should propose marriage to him as you both have a lot in common - both of you are rather silly and clueless.

But don't let that stand in your way of composing further inane messages on Thelocal, I wouldn't want to interrupt your english practice which you obviously need. And what would I do for easy sport if I couldn't make fun of your puerile scribblings?
12:54 December 5, 2012 by Leo Strauss

Too bad you didn`t break the posting robot, you only hurt it`s pride. :)


Take it easy C 3PO, don`t get you golden panties in a knot. We all know that you disinfo bots have a wonderful vocabulary program, but this site is for all, regardless of their English ability. Belittling posters for their English only confirms what we already know: You are a miserable and jaded slave. The only "tragedy" of your last post is that it could easily apply not only to me, as you put it, but to anyone who doesn`t agree with your simple-minded TV talking points.

Hau ab! Your propaganda and derision are not wanted here.
14:38 December 5, 2012 by Onlythetruth
But Leo you are so badly in need of an education, if you had any sense at all you would beg me for further instruction. Ah well, a closed mind (yours for instance) is a terrible thing to waste. I'll inform MI5 that you are not worth the effort they insist I spend on you.

As for robots, look who's talking! Of course you have no appreciation of irony. Just remember that only you and the "alternative media" know the real truth.
23:53 December 5, 2012 by Bumps
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