Merkel, Sarkozy urge continued international pressure on Iran

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Thursday that Iran was still a "danger" and urged continued international pressure on Teheran over its nuclear program. Merkel did not specifically express support for a new UN sanctions resolution against Iran, but said: "We and our partners would like to continue with the UN process." Sarkozy has continued to support the US-led push for sanctions even after a US intelligence report this week indicated that Iran stopped nuclear weapons development in 2003. "I think we are in a process and that Iran continues to pose a danger," Merkel said at a joint news conference with Sarkozy in Paris in response to a question about the report. Sarkozy concurred. "The threat exists," he said.