Thomas de Maiziere insisted in a Saturday interview with Frankfuter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that success of such an effort against the Islamic Republic would be highly unlikely.
The German defense minister also cautioned the Israeli regime on “obvious political damages” should it venture on an attack against Iran.
Israeli officials have intensified their war rhetoric over the past few weeks, threatening Iran with military strikes in case the US-led Western sanctions against the country fail to force Tehran into abandoning its civilian nuclear program.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman boasted on February 9 that “Israel has a large selection of ways, when the world of international sanctions fails to persuade Iran to halt its nuclear program.”
Earlier this month, the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said if Western sanctions against Iran fail to stop its nuclear program, military action against the country must be placed on its agenda.
Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claimed on February 2 that there is a strong possibility that the Tel Aviv regime will launch an attack on Iran in April, May, or June 2012.
Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened Tehran with various ‘military options’ in attempts to force the Islamic Republic to halt its peaceful nuclear program, which has been closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran has fiercely rejected Western publicity that its nuclear program may be diverted to military objectives while insisting that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to pursue nuclear technology for its numerous civilian uses and benefits.