German exports to Iran increased by 12.7 percent in 2022

10 Jan 2023

German exports to Iran increased by 12.7 percent in 2022

Despite heavy sanctions by the west, the net value of exports from Germany to Iran between January and November of 2022 amounted to $1.6 billion

By News Desk; The Cradle

January 10, 2023

On 10 January, Reuters revealed that German exports to Iran increased last year despite the EU’s heavy sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic over its alleged human rights violations and the government crackdown against protests.

Between January and November of 2022, exports from Berlin to Tehran increased by 12.7 percent, amounting to a net value of $1.6 billion, exceeding the previous year’s $1.5 billion.

Despite Germany’s willingness to send exports to Iran, Berlin has publicly denounced the Islamic Republic’s approach to national protests instigated by the death of Mahsa Amini.

Berlin has recently pushed for a fourth set of EU sanctions in response to the Iranian judiciary issuing death sentences against rioters.

Western media outlets claim that over 500 people have been executed by Iranian prosecutors, citing the US-based HRANA news agency, which receives funding from the CIA and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

In November last year, social media was swarmed by false reports alleging Tehran sentenced 15,000 protesters to death, based on a misleading report by the UK-based and Saudi-funded Iran International news outlet.

So far, Iran has executed four rioters and sentenced at least 17 others to death on charges of “assembly and collusion to commit crimes against national security and disruption of public order and peace.” 

This number includes the three new sentences handed down by Tehran this week against detainees who were allegedly involved in a terror attack in Isfahan on 16 November. 

Tehran has blamed western powers for inciting the riots to oust the Islamic Republic. Former US officials have confirmed that separatist groups in western Iran are being trained and armed in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) for this very purpose.