Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
10 Nation Military Coalition: Calls for Europe to go it alone in the Gulf. “It’s about European interests, not specific British ones, so a European mission should be made up of a group of European states, to which France and Germany must belong.”
Justin Huggler. The Telegraph•August 1, 2019
A key ally of Angela Merkel has called for Europe to set up its own naval taskforce in the Persian Gulf independent of the US.
Amid a widening divide between Western allies over how to deal with Iran, Norbert Röttgen called on Thursday for France and Germany to lead a European mission to protect shipping from Iran.
The UK has sought to build consensus for an international taskforce following the seizure of a British-flagged tanker by Iran.
But France and Germany have rejected calls to contribute warships to a US-led mission over concerns at Donald Trump’s aggressive stance towards Iran.
Mr Röttgen, who is chairman of the German parliament’s powerful foreign affairs committee, called on Thursday for Europe to go it alone.
“The reasons for a European mission in the Gulf remain, even if Britain should decide on a joint mission with the US,” he said.
“It’s about European interests, not specific British ones, so a European mission should be made up of a group of European states, to which France and Germany must belong.”
Jeremy Hunt, the former foreign secretary, initially called for a European-led taskforce in response to the seizure of the Stena Impero last month.
But Boris Johnson’s government has shifted the UK position, with Dominic Raab, the new foreign secretary, suggesting a European mission may not be “viable” without US support.
Mr Röttgen’s comments come amid signs of a rift in Mrs Merkel’s coalition government over the issue.
Olaf Scholz, the vice-chancellor, appeared to rule out German contributing to a US-led taskforce on Wednesday, only to be contradicted by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the defence minister, who said the proposal was still being considered.
But despite Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer’s comments, German involvement remains unlikely. Any military deployment needs parliamentary approval in Germany, and with Mr Scholz’s centre-Left Social Democrats (SPD) opposed, there is no majority in favour.
German and French concerns are understood to centre on the Trump administration’s increasingly belligerent tone towards Iran, amid fears any incident could be seized on by US hardliners as a pretext for war.
The European Union spoke out yesterday against a decision by the US to impose sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
“We regret this decision,” a spokesman for Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, said.
“From our side, we will continue to work with Mr Zarif as Iran’s most senior diplomat, and in view of the importance of maintaining diplomatic channels.”
The decision means Iran’s chief negotiator will now have to seek special permission to enter the US to attend the United Nations.
Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, accused the US of “resorting to childish behaviour” over the sanctions.
“They were claiming every day, ‘We want to talk, with no preconditions’ and then they sanction the foreign minister,” Mr Rouhani said.
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