- German peace activists have urged the US and the European Union to stop economic sanctions and war threats against Iran which may lead to a real war with "unforeseeable consequences."
In a declaration published by Germany's largest national subscription newspaper, Suddeutsche Zeitung, German Peace Movement and Peace Researchers warned that the threat of an all-out conflict with Iran is dangerously escalating.
"Both the planned oil embargo and boycott of the Iranian Central Bank by the West are perilous interventions and...the impact of today's oil and financial embargos will primarily be felt by the ordinary people of Iran," they said in the declaration.
The German peace activists warned that the escalation of sanctions "is perfectly suited to lead to war. This would not only have catastrophic consequences for the people of Iran, but also destabilize the entire region for many decades to come."
"All evidence suggests that the Iranian people have no desire either for war or an Iranian nuclear bomb. They refuse to accept, however, any foreign military threat," they added.
The Movement urged US President Barack Obama not to "allow the American presidential campaign to plunge the US administration and Israel into a war with unforeseeable consequences."
They also warned the US and exiled-Iranian followers of US policies against attempting to "instrumentalize the nuclear conflict in order to push for regime change."
"The claim that a nuclear armed Iran can only be prevented through war is a deceptive one that we firmly reject," the German Peace Movement added.
"We in Germany and in Europe, as a whole, also feel confronted with the growing danger of war, as it would clearly pose serious consequences for Europe and the world," the Peace Movement added.
The Movement concluded by urging German Chancellor Angela Merkel to "rule out publically any German participation in a war against Iran and put a halt to the risky escalation of sanctions."
"Only a policy that requires all states in the region, including Israel, to pursue nuclear disarmament and the renunciation of nuclear weapons can overcome mutual distrust as well as enemy images between the region's religions, peoples and states," they said.