RIA Novosti - Sarkozy warns against preventive strike on Iran
- RIA Novosti - 1/9/2011
Sarkozy warns against preventive strike on Iran
PARIS, August 31 (RIA Novosti)
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
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.