French President Nicolas Sarkozy 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)
PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday that Iran's leaders must be forced to negotiate over the country's uranium enrichment program because time was running out to avoid a military intervention.
"Everything should be done to avoid a military intervention... but time is running out," Sarkozy told foreign ambassadors gathered in Paris.
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"France will do everything to avoid military intervention but we need
stronger, more decisive sanctions that stop the purchase of Iranian oil
and freezes the assets of the central bank, and those who don't want
that will be responsible for the risks of a military conflict."
Sarkozy urged Russia and China to back the sanctions, which are expected
to be approved by European Union foreign ministers on Monday. Israel
and the United States have not ruled out military action if Iran refuses
to desist from its nuclear program.
Earlier this week, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said that the
European Union foreign ministers are expected at a meeting on Monday to
agree to an oil embargo against Iran and a freeze on the assets of its
central bank.Jpost.com staff contributed to this article.
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