Iran Lashes Out at France for Remarks on Nuclear Program
By VOA News
Iran's Foreign Ministry has criticized French President Nicholas Sarkozy for
saying Iran is working on creating nuclear weapons.
In a statement published by Iran's ISNA news agency Thursday, Foreign Ministry
spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said the French president's remarks were in
contradiction with the International Atomic Energy Agency's findings.
He said the comments were politically motivated and far from realistic.
Earlier this week, Mr. Sarkozy said French intelligence services are certain
Iran is working on nuclear weapons and he raised the possibility of further
sanctions against the nation.
The Development and Proliferation of
Today eight countries
are possessing nuclear weapons. The five nuclear weapons states
United States, Russia (former Soviet Union), United Kingdom, France
and China, are the only countries allowed to have nuclear weapons
according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1970. All
members of the United Nations except Israel, India and Pakistan have
signed the NPT.
Western nations have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons, but Iran
insists its nuclear activities are peaceful and not subject to negotiation.
France is scheduled to take part in October 1 talks with Iran, along with the
U.S., Britain, Germany, China and Russia.
The White House says Mr. Obama spoke with President Sarkozy on the phone Tuesday
to discuss ways of bringing Iran into compliance with its international
The U.N. Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions on Iran for
refusing to freeze uranium enrichment work that has both military and civilian
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Tuesday Western powers will maintain
their strategy of offering incentives to Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and
threatening further sanctions if Tehran refuses.
In Vienna Tuesday, Iran's nuclear energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi indicated his
government is ready for "deeper cooperation" with United Nations nuclear
inspectors. He did not elaborate and the International Atomic Energy Agency did
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.
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