French President Nicolas Sarkozy assessed that Israel "would not stand by while Iran develops nuclear weapons," Al Hayat quoted sources close to the French leader on Saturday.



"Israeli might take action to prevent the Iranian regime, which wants to wipe it off the map of the world, from obtaining a nuclear bomb," Sarkozy reportedly explained to visiting Lebanese Prime Minister Saed Hariri.



According to Saturday's report in the London-based Arab daily, Sarkozy told Hariri that France had proof that Teheran was working to develop a nuclear bomb.



The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the report.



In related news, Sarkozy called Friday for harsh sanctions against the Islamic Republic to pressure Teheran to enter negotiations over its nuclear program.



"France wants the [UN Security] Council to adopt strong measures and for the European Union as well to assume its responsibilities," Reuters quoted Sarkozy as telling diplomats based in France.



"Despite all our efforts, and a new engagement by the United States, and despite our ambitious proposals for cooperation, the Iranian authorities are blocked in a one-way street of proliferation and radicalism," the French president reportedly asserted.

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