President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday shrugged off a French warning of war if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, saying the comments were not to be taken seriously.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner gave the warning on Sunday, a sign of a toughening stance by his country in the West's efforts to rein in Iran's nuclear program. Teheran denies any intention to build a bomb.
"We do not take these threats seriously," Ahmadinejad said, according to Iran's state news agency IRNA. "Media speculations are different from real words and we do not take these remarks seriously."
Kouchner said that if "such a bomb is made ... we must prepare ourselves for the worst," specifying that could mean a war. He said European leaders were considering their own economic sanctions against the Islamic country.
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