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French Foreign Minister Brands Iran's Nuclear Program Clandestine and Milita

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posted on Feb, 16 2006 @ 03:15 PM
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy stated this morning that Iran's nuclear program is nothing more than a clandestine and military program despite Tehran authorities claiming the program is just for peaceful purposes. According to Douste-Blazy it is not only the Europeans, France, germany and the Brittish, but nations such as Russia and China are united in sending a strong message to Iran that the world will not allow a nuclear military program in Iran.
In response to sharp protests from Iran, however, France's foreign ministry reiterated Paris's official position, which is that Tehran's nuclear activities "raise doubts about their peaceful nature".

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne did not repeat the terms "clandestine" and "military", which Douste-Blazy employed in an early morning television interview.

"It's very simple: no civilian nuclear programme can explain Iran's nuclear programme," Douste-Blazy told France 2 television, two days after Tehran confirmed it was resuming sensitive uranium enrichment work.

"Therefore it's a clandestine military nuclear programme."

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani insisted following the comments that Tehran was not seeking a nuclear weapon, saying he regretted the apparent hardening of the French position.

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I have to wonder if this is the main reason for Chirac stating that France would attack, with nuclear weapons, any terrorist country that decides to attack France. Is there some evidence French authoritives have which is not being given to the public but which makes them so bold with such statements?

[edit on 16-2-2006 by Muaddib]

[edit on 20-2-2006 by asala]

posted on Feb, 17 2006 @ 09:49 AM
Here is another link to corroborate this story, thanks go to our member ferretman2 who found this link first.

PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Thursday Iran was pursuing a clandestine military nuclear program.

"No civilian nuclear program can explain the Iranian nuclear program. So it is a clandestine Iranian military nuclear program," Douste-Blazy told France 2 television.

"The international community has sent a very firm message by saying to the Iranians: 'Come back to reason. Suspend all nuclear activity and the enrichment of uranium and the conversion of uranium,"' he added.

"They are not listening to us."

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