Iran’s Holocaust Denial and Germany

 German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives in Iran today on a trip meant to cement relations and drum up trade in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. Even under sanctions, German diplomats (and intelligence officials) have longprioritized trade if not rapprochement with Iran, even in the wake of Iranian assassinations on German soil and the arrest of German businessmen in Iran. Indeed, the root of the process that led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action began with Steinmeier’s predecessor Klaus Kinkel, who inaugurated a “critical dialogue” with his Iranian counterparts.