French Ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud 311 (R).
(photo credit: Brendan McDermid / Reuters)
French Ambassador to the United Nations Gerard Araud warned of a "strong" risk of a military strike on Iran if it proceeds on the path to nuclear proliferation, AFP reported on Wednesday.
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"If we don't succeed today to reach a negotiation with the Iranians, there is a strong risk of military action," AFP quoted the French envoy as saying in a New York panel discussion.
Araud added that he is convinced "some countries won't accept [the] prospect" of the Islamic Republic reaching the threshold of nuclear armament, according to the report.
Several days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Iran to take a first step and "freez[e] the production of centrifuges," saying that such a step would prevent fresh sanctions against it.
If Iran makes that first step, Lavrov said in a CNN interview Sunday,
Russia won't "adopt new sanctions, neither in the Security Council nor
Saying that the only way to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue is through
negotiations, he added, "I believe that if Iran gets a very clear
message [that this] is not about regime change but about
non-proliferation issues, I believe we have a chance to start these
Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was expected to arrive in Israel
for talks with counterpart Defense Minister Ehud Barak, talks which were
expected to include the Iranian nuclear threat.