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France's Foreign Minister says the world knows Israel will attack Iran before the Iranians can develop a nuclear weapon.
Bernard Kouchner was speaking to Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz ahead of his visit to Israel.
"I honestly don't believe (a nuclear weapon) will give any immunity to Iran," Mr Kouchner.
"First, because you will hit them before. And this is the danger. Israel has always said it will not wait for the bomb to be ready. I think that (the Iranians) know. Everyone knows."
Mr Kouchner says the solution lies in dialogue and sanctions against Iran.
"Iran with an atomic bomb is unacceptable at all... Talking, talking talking, and offering dialogue, sanctions, sanctions, sanctions. Is the alternative to bomb first -- I think not," he said.
Yesterday Iran rejected a proposal to accept foreign supplies of nuclear fuel for its reactors, saying it wants to become self sufficient in uranium enrichment.