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France opposes strike on Iran ahead of damning atomic agency report – while Israel insists ‘we don’t want a war’

UK Daily Mail [1]
November 8, 2011

France is ‘very worried’ about Iran’s nuclear program, but is opposing any strike against the Islamic Republic because it would cause ‘irreparable damage’.

Foreign Minister Alain Juppe today voiced concern about speculation that Israel is preparing a strike on Iranian nuclear sites ahead of the release of an International Atomic Energy Agency report on Tehran’s nuclear activity.

If the IAEA report, due out this week, indicates Iran is building atomic weapons capabilities, then France would firmly back further U.N. sanctions, he said, but would do all it can to stop military action.

Four previous rounds of sanctions have been imposed on Iran over its nuclear program. But Russia and China, two veto-wielding U.N. Security Council, members have made clear any new sanctions would be an extremely tough sell.

‘We are very worried about Iran stepping out of line. It would seriously destabilise the region,’ Juppe told RTL radio.

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