'Iran's neighbors must be protected'

Sarkozy outlines French views on ways to deal with Iranian threat.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 25, 2010 22:57
French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

sarkozy 311. (photo credit: AP)

PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday without elaborating, that if no agreement is reached and an isolated Iran proffers threats, "We'll have to organize ourselves to protect states which feel threatened."

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At a forum of French ambassadors, Sarkozy added that Iran's neighbors should be consulted on any agreement on its nuclear program between the international community and Teheran.

Sarkozy expressed confidence that sanctions levied on Iran in June could be effective. He said France will apply them "with determination" and asked other nations to do likewise.

The French president expressed hope for an accord but stressed that the concerns of Iran's neighbors must be taken into account and they should be consulted on any agreement. He was apparently referring to Israel and some US Arab allies.


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