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Iranian MP calls for revision of level of diplomatic ties with France

Tehran, Sept 18, IRNA - Rapporteur of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali on Tuesday called for revision of current level of diplomatic ties with France following antagonistic statement made by the French president about Iran.

Speaking to reporters, he said "We have always been under criticism that the current level of economic ties with France is not in conformity with the level of political ties with that country." The government should promptly revise current level of ties with France mainly in auto industries which run counters to the country's general policies, he underlined.

Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission is to study recent antagonistic remarks made by the French president, he said, adding that the recent stands taken by France has surprised not only Iranian officials but also many world countries and politicians around the globe.

Traditionally, the Britons have always backed the US and the French politicians mainly Jacque Chirac had adopted an independent policy like other European countries, he said.

In political world, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is a inexperienced individual who makes grave mistakes, he said, adding that such mistakes could entail serious consequences for the grate French nation.

Sarkozy might have been encouraged by the US President George W.

Bush to make such remarks but he should keep in mind the fate of former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Jalali said.

Pursuing the policies of George Bush could create serious problems for the people of France, he said.

Waging war on Iran is not a new option and the scenario has always been on the agenda of the West from the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, he said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is in full combat readiness and is ready to thwart any plots hatched against the country, he said.

The French president can try his chance but he should bear in mind that waging a new war in the region would have many consequences for big powers mainly France, he pointed out.

Jalali did not rule out the role of Zionist lobbies in recent allegations made by the French president and said it would be more advisable for the French officials to be patient to better know the international community as well as the world of politics.

On probable change of Iran's nuclear team, he said it is merely rumours and there is no change in this regard.

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French foreign minister expected to review his stand about Iran

Tehran, Sept 18, IRNA - French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner is expected to review his stand about Iran, Under-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said on Tuesday.

He told IRNA that the French government would take logical and realistic stance about Iranian nuclear program.

"The allegations brought by the French foreign minister against Iranian nuclear program are unacceptable to Iranian public opinion and that Kouchner has made the statement under manipulated atmosphere." He said that the French government is expected to prove that they consider logic and wisdom respecting law and order.

"We are ready to cooperate with them in this respect." Rahmani Fazli said that Iran and France have had constructive cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and telecommunications.

"So, Iranians have positive attitude toward France and the French government can share Iranian status in the Middle East and the close relationship Iran enjoys with the European states."

He said that such statements made by the French foreign minister at a time when Iran and the UN nuclear agency have reached agreement on a comprehensive settlement of the dispute is not right.

"Iran-IAEA agreement on modality plan has also been confirmed by the EU foreign policy and security chief Javier Solana."

Rahmani Fazli said that he believes that the outstanding issues between Iran and the IAEA should be resolved and other approach focusing on stirring up sentiments, would not lead to sustainable relations between Iran and France.

Kouchner's anti-Iran statement "Dangerous impudence", French leader

Paris, Sept 17, IRNA - A French political party leader called anti-Iran statement by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner "A dangerous impudence".

Mouvement des Citoyens Party Leader Jean-Pierre Chevenement said in reaction to Kouchner's anti-Iran statement warning the world to brace for war against Tehran, said the foreign minister words indicate his dangerous impudence.

French former defence minister criticized the French foreign policy saying that France is currenty following the US lead.

"France by drawing its viewpoints close to the US aggressive approach will achieve nothing."

Referring to the Iraq situation, the former candidate for France presidency advised Kouchner not to repeat the same mistake against Iran.

"This language is inappropriate and does not work as far as Iran is concerned."

Criticizing Kouchner recommendation to the French companies not to conclude any agreements with Iran, the Mouvement des Citoyens leader said "This recommendation will leave open the Iranian market for competitors and rivals."

"Iran has huge natural gas resources like Russia, and without Iran-Russia gas, the future of European energy supplies will be at risk, Chevenement reminded."

France out of tune within EU

Tehran, Sept 18, IRNA - The French government in recent months has shown signs of naivety and an unprecedented illogical lenience towards the White House which will undoubtedly lead to weakening of its status in the European Union and strengthening its rivals.

The US has made various efforts in the past to take advantage of the French position and influence in Europe. But France has always adroitly refrained from identifying itself with the US policies by resorting to the French independent values.

In the latest case, namely Iraq's occupation by the US forces, France distanced itself from the Washington's policy and termed it as an act against International laws and regulations.

Since the outset of the presidential campaign in France this year, the US seemed to have been intent on channeling the French political capacity within the EU during the power change in Paris into its own anti-Iran policy.

The fact is that the current considerable influence and high status of France within Europe has taken shape mainly due to its traditional independent policies and its effort to shun collaboration with the US in order not to satisfy the latter's interests, a condition at stake in case France gravitates to the US war-mongering policies.

The more balanced positions taken by other EU members towards the US power wielding especially against Iran shows that France is feared to gradually diverge from the common policies of those countries. And the proposal of European sanctions against Iran brought up by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner is in the same direction.

The proposal is not certainly considered a French initiative but along with other recent hard positions of Paris is in fact an effort out of tune within EU in the rather coordinated and calm EU atmosphere which would surely confound the old hands among European politicians.

The untimely and incongruous stands taken by Mr Sarkozy and Mr Kouchner, at a time when Iran and the International Atom energy Agency are enjoying bilateral confidence and have formulated joint efforts , contrast starkly with the traditional judicious and sensible stands of France and its partners in the EU.

If the current trend goes on, the strong position of France in the EU would not remain as before and the Washington-Paris collaboration would undoubtedly harm French status within EU beyond repair. And this might be even the main target of the US strategy in Europe. This can be rectified and balanced only through a certain "French vigilance" especially regarding Iran.

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