‘Donald Trump tried to strong-arm Britain and its European allies into waging diplomatic war with Iran by threatening to impose 25 per cent tariffs on their lucrative car exports, the German defense minister revealed yesterday.
The US President was piling pressure on Boris Johnson, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to formally accuse Tehran of violating the 2015 nuclear deal.
At a press conference in London yesterday, Germany’s Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer confirmed reports of such economic threats and said: ‘This expression or threat, as you will, does exist.’
A 25 per cent tax on cars would particularly hurt Germany, which exports around £23billion worth of vehicles across the Atlantic each year.
On Tuesday, London, Paris and Berlin jointly announced they had been left with ‘no choice’ but to trigger the dispute mechanism of the nuclear deal against Iran, in a move that would have buoyed the President.
Iran’s foreign minister responded by accusing the trio of bowing to pressure from the US President.’
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