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If the world doesn’t act to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear arms,
it could be responsible for a war between Israel and the Islamic
Republic, French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned on Monday night, as
the Nuclear Security Summit opened in Washington.
“I would not
want the world to wake up to a conflict between Israel and Iran quite
simply because the international community has been incapable of
acting,” the French president told CBS News.
strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be disastrous, he warned.
would be a disaster. I don’t even want to think about that
possibility,” Sarkozy said. “And the best way to avoid this disaster
scenario is to take measures in order to get Israel to understand that
we are determined to ensure its security. And Israel, furthermore, must
equally make the necessary effort in order to bring about a fair and
lasting peace with their Palestinian neighbors.”
reiterated that a nuclear-armed Iran would be “dangerous and
unacceptable,” particularly in light of “the many statements made by
Iranian leaders against the democracy that is Israel.”
with Iran had it limits, and so the time had come to vote for sanctions
against the leaders “who are leading the country to the wall,” he said.
a unified UN Security Council decision would be best, it must not come
at the cost of a resolution so toothless that it would achieve nothing,
The French president said his own country could
not give up its nuclear weapons, since doing so would jeopardize the
nation’s security. He stressed that France was the only country in the
world that had actually declared how many nuclear warheads it possessed
– which, he emphasized, had been dropped to 300 – and that it had
stopped all nuclear testing. However, he said, France can do no more
than that at present.
“I feel that if I were to go any further, I could in fact jeopardize
the security of my country, and as head of state, I am the guarantor
and guarantee of that security,” he said.
Sarkozy went on to say that while everyone would applaud a “virtual
world” with no nuclear weapons, such a reality was currently no more
than “an awesome dream.”
“I have inherited the legacy of the efforts made by my predecessors to
build up arms as a nuclear power, and I could not give up nuclear
weapons, insofar as I wasn’t sure that the world was a stable and safe
place,” he said. “I will not give up that nuclear weapon because it
underpins my country’s security. I will not do so on a unilateral basis
in a world as dangerous as the one in which we live in today.”