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Germany Recalls Envoy from Iran After Not Following Orders

Germany has recalled its ambassador to Iran because a German diplomat attended a military parade in Tehran, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said Saturday.

Jeeps carrying posters that ready down with USA, down with Israel at the 2007 military parade in Tehran

Anti-Us and anti-Israel posters at last year's military parade in Tehran

The spokeswoman confirmed a report in the news magazine Der Spiegel that Ambassador Herbert Honsowitz had been told to report to Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday morning.

The magazine said the foreign minister was "very angry" that the embassy's defense attache attended the parade after ambassadors from EU member states had agreed to boycott it.

A banner reading "Israel should be erased from the world" was displayed at the event, which was addressed by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the report said.

Herbert Honsowitz

Herbert Honsowitz has been recalled to Berlin to clarify the matter

Der Spiegel said Monday's meeting was intended to clarify whether the ambassador had failed to give proper instructions to his defense attache.

On Friday, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, warned that Iran presented a threat "to all democratic states" because of its nuclear ambitions.

The United Nations has imposed sanctions on Iran for refusing to cease uranium enrichment, a process some states fear is geared towards producing a bomb, but which Tehran says is needed to generate electricity from nuclear power.

Germany joined the five permanent members of the UN Security Council on Friday in a resolution calling on Tehran to halt its nuclear activities.

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