Sarkozy tells Iran it risks attack over atomic program

Sarkozy tells Iran it risks attack over atomic program

Monday, August 27, 2007

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PARIS: In his first major foreign policy speech since taking office, President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday that Iran could be attacked militarily if it did not live up to its international obligations to curb its nuclear program.

Addressing the French ambassadorial corps, Sarkozy stressed that such an outcome would be a disaster. He did not say that France would ever participate in military action against Iran or even tacitly support such an approach.

But the mere fact that he raised the specter of the use of force is quite likely to be perceived by Iran as a warning of the consequences of its actions.

Sarkozy praised the current diplomatic initiative by the major world powers, which threatens tougher United Nations-mandated sanctions if Iran does not stop enriching uranium for possible use in a nuclear weapon but holds out the possibility of incentives if Iran complies.

This two-pronged approach, Sarkozy said, “is the only one that can enable us to avoid being faced with a disastrous alternative: an Iranian bomb or the bombing of Iran.”

Calling the Iranian nuclear crisis “the most serious weighing on the international order today,” Sarkozy also reiterated his position that a nuclear-armed Iran would be “unacceptable” to France.

Although Sarkozy’s aides said that French policy had not changed, some foreign policy experts were stunned by the blunt, if brief, remarks. “This came out of the blue,” said François Heisbourg, director of the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris and author of a forthcoming book on the Iranian nuclear program. “To actually say that if diplomacy fails, the choice will be to accept a nuclear Iran or bomb Iran – this is a diplomatic blockbuster.”

Sarkozy’s speech, an annual ritual outlining French foreign policy goals, came as his foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, apologized to the Iraqi government for a remark to Newsweek magazine that the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, should resign.

Maliki had demanded an apology from Kouchner after the foreign minister was quoted on the Newsweek Web site as having said that he had just been speaking on the phone with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and had told her, “Listen, he’s got to be replaced.” Adding that “many people” believe Maliki should be replaced, Kouchner said, “I don’t know if that will go through, though, because it seems President Bush is attached to Mr. Maliki. But the government is not functioning.”


One Response to “Sarkozy tells Iran it risks attack over atomic program”

  1. kiankiani Says:

    As a native born Iranian, I would like to suggest that there is no need to attack Iran militarily if the Bush administration pays attention to those who know the situation and use the awesome power of publicity instead of military.
    Millions of dollars are spent in Persian Service of Voice of America but the end result is nothing but scandalous way of management and programmings.
    It is hard to believe but the Persian Service which supposed to be an organization to convey the policy of the U.S. has become a free platform for hard-line terrorist group of communists who attacked the United Sates!
    I have the documents in writings to prove that these were done with the knowledge of the management.
    I used to work there and as I said before, I have all the documents in writings.
    The manager is a woman called Sheila Gandji who can not read and write Persian. Therefore, in order to hide this shortcoming from the higher management, she has hired an eighty something man called Kambiz Mahmoudi who has a lengthy background as crook and charlatanism.
    Don’t think that this is a personal vendetta.
    Let me quote you a view from another media “The Iran Steering group concluded that much of the anti-American perspective that is broadcast is the result of decisions made by station managers in Washington D.C. and Prague. Sheila Gandji, the manager of Persian service has faced sharp criticism, particularly for her decision to stop VOA’s shortwave radio program in July, 2006 in order to focus on television broadcasts, which are more susceptible to censorship, since the government regularly confiscates satellites dishes in order to prevent the infiltration of foreign broadcasts.”
    The bizarre situation at the Persian Service of Voice of America caused the Republican Senator Coburn to write a long letter to President Bush about the fiasco there.
    It is only in America where the government pays to be insulted.
    Do you want more information? Write me:

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