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10/3/07

Iran Summons French Envoy To Protest Kouchner Comments

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency) - Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned France's charge d'affaires in Tehran on Wednesday to protest at the provocative and unreal statements made by French officials about Iran's nuclear program.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Tuesday that additional sanctions should be imposed on Iran in connection with the country's nuclear program.

"There is nothing more dangerous than the situation in Iran. This region is extremely perilous - this is the world's most dangerous place," Kouchner told Europe 1 radio, reiterating that the worst-case scenario is war.

The French foreign minister also last month accused Iran of seeking to develop nuclear bombs and sparked controversy by saying the world should prepare for a war with Iran.

Kouchner later apologized to Iran by saying that his remarks about war were taken out of context, and he has repeatedly said since then that he wants a peaceful outcome to the standoff over Tehran's atomic program and is working on a diplomatic solution.

But after Kouchner and other French officials continued their war-mongering comments against Iran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's second office for West European Affairs summoned the French charge d'affaires, in absence of that country's ambassador to Tehran, to voice the Islamic Republic's strong protest at the intensification of the negative tone of Paris against Tehran simultaneous with the constructive agreements and cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

During the meeting, the head of the Foreign Ministry's second office for West European Affairs noted the stances announced in recent weeks by the French officials about Iran, and blasted Paris for pioneering in efforts to draft a UN Security Council against Iran, encouraging European countries to embark on additional sanctions against Tehran outside the prescriptions of the UN Security Council, advising European countries to avoid new economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic and diverting the world attention from Iran's cooperation with the IAEA.

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