Sarkozy: France worried by Iran-Israel tension

Sarkozy tells magazine he's worried not about a US strike on Iran but about how threatened Israel feels.

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December 12, 2007 15:13
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Sarkozy: France worried by Iran-Israel tension

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview published Wednesday that there is a danger of war erupting over Iran's nuclear program if "the Israelis consider their security truly threatened." In the interview with Le Nouvel Observateur magazine, Sarkozy said France was more worried about tensions between Iran and Israel than between Iran and the United States. "I have never been for war," Sarkozy was quoted as saying. "The problem for us is not so much the risk that the Americans could launch a military intervention, but that the Israelis consider their security truly threatened. "The danger of a war exists," he was quoted as saying. In a major report last week, US intelligence agencies concluded that Teheran stopped developing its nuclear weapons program four years ago. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert insisted Tuesday that Iran is still pursuing nuclear arms and poses a major threat to the West and the world must stop it. Israel has for years been warning that Iran is working on nuclear weapons, and it considers Iran a significant threat because of its nuclear ambitions, its long-range missile program and repeated calls by its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to wipe Israel off the map. Olmert also said Tuesday that Israel would work with world bodies such as the International Atomic Energy Agency and would not take the lead in the struggle against Iran's nuclear program - an apparent attempt to counter speculation that Israel might feel the need to strike Iran militarily on its own, in the aftermath of the US intelligence report. Israeli leaders have never explicitly said they are considering an attack. Iran claims its nuclear development is peaceful and that the goal is nuclear power. In the interview, Sarkozy said, "Everyone agrees that what the Iranians are doing has no civilian explanation. The only debate is whether they will have military capability in one year or in five years." Sarkozy said that if Iran allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out inspections, he "would be ready to come to Teheran and study the possibility of collaborating on civilian nuclear power."

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