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Prepare for war with Iran: French warning

Alex Spillius in Washington and Tim Butcher in Jerusalem
September 18, 2007

The world should "prepare for war" with Iran, the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, said on Sunday, escalating tensions over the country's nuclear program.

Mr Kouchner said that while "we must negotiate right to the end" with Iran, if Tehran possessed an atomic weapon it would represent "a real danger for the whole world" and the world should "prepare for the worst … which is war".

His comments came after the US reminded Iran that "all options were on the table" in confronting its nuclear policy, which many Western officials believe has the ultimate aim of arming a nuclear warhead, despite Iran's claim that it is for civilian purposes.

The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said yesterday that Iran had mastered nuclear technology and would never yield to international pressure over its atomic drive. "Of course we will not step back," Mr Ahmadinejad said in reply to a question on Iranian television. "We have mastered the technology to enrich uranium and we have arrived at an industrial stage.

"The West are talking about imposing sanctions on us but they cannot do this."

Iran's official media accused France of pandering to the US. "The new occupants of the Elysee [presidential palace] want to copy the White House," the state-owned IRNA news agency said in an editorial.

It accused the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, of taking on "an American skin" and said "the French people will never forget the era when a non-European moved into the Elysee".

The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US - plus Germany, are due to meet this week to discuss a new draft UN resolution on sanctions against Iran.

So far, proposals for tough sanctions have been resisted by Russia and China, while Iran has ignored UN deadlines to stop enriching uranium, insisting its nuclear activity is for peaceful purposes only.

Amid unconfirmed reports that the US is drawing up plans to attack Iran's nuclear installations, the Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, said diplomacy was still the US's preferred approach.

Asked if Mr Bush would consult Congress before launching any strike on Iran, Mr Gates said: "We always say all options are on the table, but, clearly, the diplomatic and economic approach is the one we're pursuing."

Washington was confronted with another proliferation concern after officials said that North Korea was suspected of supplying nuclear technology to Syria.
 

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Well thank goodness one world leader has said the right thing. George Bush is plum out of "goodwill" and if he dare even rattle his sabre he'll be shouted down in this country.

Prepare for the "moral relativism" that now infects the leftist pundits.....just wait.
"How can we continue to say after 60 years that -only- we and a few nations -just like us- should be able to have a nuclear -defense- system." "In today's age can we look the world in the eye and say our democratic societies underpinned by Christian principles are the -only- societies that should have these weapons......besides India and Pakistan and China have nukes......so what's the big deal?"

I say we "lose" those six multi-warhead cruise missiles that were misplaced last week-permanently.
 

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Let's hear it for Kouchner and the French! They have the gonads to call it as it is instead of making nice and pretending that Amedinejad is really a good guy.
 

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And now, Iran is mad at the French



http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/09/17/france.iran/index.html

Iran anger over French war warning

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TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran's foreign ministry criticized France on Monday for a blunt warning over the weekend that Europe must prepare for war if Tehran continues to flout international demands to stop producing nuclear fuel.

"We hope that such statements are superficial and do not reflect France's realistic and strategic points of view," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Monday, according to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a televised interview Sunday ;
European nations should consider sanctions outside the U.N. framework ….. "That is war, sir."
He said major French companies including those in the energy sector are being told to stop any further investments in Iran
Kouchner's remarks on Iran follow previous hard-line statements by France's new president, Nicolas Sarkozy

The IAEA, the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency, says it has been able to verify that Iran's declared nuclear material has not been diverted (my highlights) from peaceful use.

former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East Gen. John Abizaid said Monday ;
Iran's leadership is pursing "reckless" policies and seeks to dominate the Middle East.
"Clearly the development of a bomb in Iranian hands will cause other nations in the region to move in a like direction, and in a very unstable region like that, that is not good news,"
 

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"declared" is the operative word there. The IAEA has been stumbling around for years not really able to penetrate into secret engineering programs like Iran's. They believe whatever a gov't may tell them or show them, fini! Because of the political game the IAEA plays, they are almost worthless for "verification".
 

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Lots of talk. Lets see if it leads to any action.
 

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"declared" is the operative word there. The IAEA has been stumbling around for years not really able to penetrate into secret engineering programs like Iran's. They believe whatever a gov't may tell them or show them, fini! Because of the political game the IAEA plays, they are almost worthless for "verification".
Yup, I agree with you. ..... I just figgured that a little "red" on either side of that word would make it stand out like a sore thumb :D
 

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