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    RIA Novosti - 1/9/2011 Agence russe Sarkozy warns against preventive strike on Iran 21:35 31/08/2011 PARIS, August 31 (RIA Novosti)
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      RIA Novosti - 1/9/2011
      Agence russe

      Sarkozy warns against preventive strike on Iran
      21:35 31/08/2011
      PARIS, August 31 (RIA Novosti)

      http://en.rian.ru/world/20110831/166335048.html


      French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that a preventive
      strike on Iran could lead to a crisis in the region and called on world
      powers to toughen their sanctions on Tehran instead.

      "Iran's military, nuclear and ballistic [missile] ambitions pose a
      growing threat that could lead to a preventive strike on Iranian
      facilities and provoke a serious crisis, which France wants to avoid by
      all means," Sarkozy told French diplomats at an annual ambassador
      conference.

      The West suspects Iran of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program, but
      the Islamic republic, which is already under four sets of international
      sanctions over its nuclear activities, insists it needs nuclear power
      solely for civilian purposes.

      Talks between Iran and six world powers, including France, Russia and
      the United States, broke down in December last year.

      "The international community can respond effectively [to Iranian nuclear
      threat] if it demonstrates unity, resoluteness and imposes even tougher
      sanctions," the French president said.

      Israel has repeatedly signaled its readiness to attack Iran's nuclear
      facilities if diplomacy fails to dissuade Iran from moving forward with
      its uranium enrichment and ballistic missile development programs.
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