TEHRAN, Jan. 25 (Mehr News Agency) -- French President Jacques Chirac last Thursday threatened to use nuclear arms against what he called state sponsors of terrorism. This astonishing statement was made by a president whose country claims to support worldwide nuclear disarmament.
The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) talked to some MPs and journalists on Monday to learn their views on the matter.
MP Hossein Afarideh stated that the United States and other Western countries claim to seek world peace, but Chirac's remarks actually threaten world peace.
"The international community must not remain indifferent to the remarks of the president of a country which possesses a nuclear arsenal," added Afarideh, who is also a nuclear physicist.
Hossein Shariatmadari, the managing director of the Tehran daily Keyhan, said that Chirac's remarks were a result of the West's failure to isolate Iran and Syria.
The West has been struggling to isolate Syria, but the close cooperation between Iran and Syria, especially with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's recent trip to Damascus, has successfully countered these efforts, he stated.
"I believe that Chirac made the threat on behalf of the West, but they (Westerners) know that such threats are just propaganda and psychological war that can not be implemented," he added.
Shariatmadari said that France should apologize to Iran for the remarks and if it does not, Iran should exclude it as a negotiating partner in its nuclear dialogue with the European Union, currently represented by France, Germany, and Britain.
Amir Mohebbian of the Resalat newspaper said, "Such remarks could cause international animosity toward the French government and nation.
"Chirac's remarks show that the spirit of hostility and colonialism is still alive in France."
MP Hossein Mozaffar said that some Western countries allow themselves to make such remarks or even commit any crime and that is why the world should definitely wake up and react to such an unscrupulous statement, which contained a tone of blackmail and extortion.
It seems that the French president is unaware of the consequences of a nuclear attack, added Mozaffar, who sits on the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.
"There is no terrorist nation in the world. Terrorists are organized groups and limited in number, against which atomic bombs cannot be used," he noted.
MP Fatima Ajorlu said certain Western officials think the world is a jungle and they are its king, so all nations must unite to bring an end to this kind of hostile attitude.
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