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Iran slams French OK for Israeli strike

Friday, September 5, 2008

Tehran has rejected the French President’s suggestion that Israel could strike Iran under the pretext that the country seeks nuclear arms.

In a Friday statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi stressed that nuclear weapons will never be part of ‘Iran’s defense doctrine’.

Earlier on Thursday in Syria, President Nicolas Sarkozy said, “Iran is taking a major risk by continuing the process of seeking nuclear technology for military ends.”

This is while the UN nuclear watchdog, which has extensively monitored Iran’s nuclear activities and has been inspecting the country’s nuclear installations since 2003, has declared that Tehran enriches uranium-235 to a level of 3.7 percent – a rate consistent with the construction of a nuclear power plant. Nuclear arms production requires an enrichment level of above 90 percent.


“We could find one morning that Israel has struck (Iran),” said the French president, adding that no one would question the legitimacy of such an act of aggression.

Speculation that Israel plans to launch air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities has run high since Pentagon officials revealed in June that Tel Aviv had held an extensive ‘dress rehearsal’ for an attack against Iran.

Israel and the US have long threatened Iran with war, accusing Tehran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of developing nuclear weapons.