Left MEPs have called for continued dialogue with Iran as the nuclear deal was put on life support following the US strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

MEP Connie Ernst (DIE LINKE, Germany), chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Iran, said that Trump’s sanctions and clandestine assassinations have emboldened conservative forces in the country.

“Trump is tearing down what has taken a lot of effort to build in the last 15 years. This is leading to increased insecurity from nuclear threats. In Iran, ultra-conservative forces are again on the rise. We demand an end to the United States’ policy of escalation and call on European governments to continue engagement and dialogue,” said Ernst.

GUE/NGL co-President Manon Aubry (France Insoumise, France) called on the EU to end its silence and acquiescence with Trump’s adventurism.

“Trump’s irresponsible behaviour is threatening world peace. The European Union must firmly condemn this violation of international law and put all its weight behind avoiding any further escalation of violence,” stated Aubry.

“It is essential to prevent further escalation of violence or else there is a risk of full-blown war across the region with devastating consequences for Europe. All parties have to abide by applicable international law and human rights. The same applies to the Trump administration. I urge Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to spare no effort in the cause of peace,” warned Co-President Martin Schirdewan (DIE LINKE, Germany).

GUE/NGL MEPs are writing to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell calling on the EU to take a strong lead to de-escalate the situation.