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German Deputy Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Schultz said Wednesday (July 31, 2019) that he was deeply suspicious of Washington's demand that Berlin join a military mission in the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States has offered to step up efforts to guard the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf, where about a fifth of the world's oil passes, amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran.

After the United States sent a formal request to Germany to "deal with the Iranian attacks" and participate in the task of securing the Strait alongside France and Britain, Schultz told the German second channel (ZDF) "I am very skeptical about this, and I think this skepticism shared with me Many ". He also stressed that "it is important to avoid military escalation in the region and that such a task involves the risk of sliding into greater conflict," says Schultz.

There is strong opposition within the SPD to which the vice-chancellor belongs for taking part in a US-led mission. The party is the junior partner in the ruling coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

When asked whether coalition parties shared the same view, including Chancellor Merkel's party, Schultz said, "Yes, that is my impression." He said that Berlin still considers that the international nuclear agreement with Iran is the best option to prevent it from making a nuclear bomb.

HZ / WB (Reuters / AFP)

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