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Falahat-pisheh on Sarkozy's threats against Iran

France Has Become US Accomplice in Applying Wrong Global Policies

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (ICANA) – A top Iranian legislator says the trend of the developments in the Middle East is to the detriment of France, regretting that Paris has become a US accomplice in applying wrong global policies.
Saturday, September 03, 2011 7:51:41 PM
France Has Become US Accomplice in Applying Wrong Global Policies

Commenting on French President Nicolas Sarkozy warning that Western countries may launch a preemptive attack against Iran due to its progress in building long-range missiles and its advancements in nuclear technology, Chairman of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis, Heshmatollah Falahat-pisheh said Sarkozy was not so popular among its people and was therefore trying to follow the US Republicans' adventurous path.

Speaking to ICANA on Saturday, the senior lawmaker added: "After Jacque Chirac, the French foreign policy vis-à-vis international events changed and this brought numerous failures for Paris in the field of diplomacy."

He noted: "There was a time that the French suspended their operations in NATO in order not to follow US foreign policy but today they are trying to join Washington in crisis building in the world."

Turning to the recent developments in the Middle East, Falahat-pisheh said the revolutionary people in the Middle East and North Africa in addition to anti- autocracy goals inside their countries were also following up anti-imperialist aims against certain Western countries. Therefore, he said, the place and status of France in Tunisia and Lebanon faced serious challenges now.

The MP said the stance taken by Sarkozy against Iran was a passive stance, saying: "One should not take his remarks seriously because the Islamic Republic of Iran has already given proper responses to the Americans in the area of defense so that today they act cautiously in using threatening tones against Iran let alone the French who are way behind the Americans in this field."

He advised Paris to consult Washington before issuing any threats against Tehran. "Sarkozy had better realize why the Americans are guarded and refrain from initiating a new crisis in the Middle East."

Sarkozy told an annual meeting of French diplomats on Wednesday that France would work with its allies to build support for tougher international sanctions against Tehran, in a bid to force it to back down over uranium enrichment.

Sarkozy added that if sanctions against the Islamic republic failed to bring about the desired outcome, a country which he did not name could resort to a pre-emptive attack against Iran's nuclear sites.

"Its military nuclear and ballistic ambitions constitute a growing threat that may lead to a preventive attack against Iranian sites that would provoke a major crisis that France wants to avoid at all costs," he said.

Also on Thursday Iran urged Sarkozy not to make comments based on "unrealistic information."

IRI Foreign Ministry's head of Western Europe affairs said: "As stated repeatedly, Iran's nuclear activity is completely peaceful and International Atomic Energy Agency reports have confirmed it."

"Iran's defense activities are all deterrent. Remarks based on unrealistic information could act as a basis for regional instability, and it is recommended that by heeding to reality one should refrain from making such remarks," Hasan Tajik said.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Iran has warned it could close the strategic Strait of Hormuz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

Strait of Hormuz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.

Meantime, a recent study by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a prestigious American think tank, has found that a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities "is unlikely" to delay the country's program.

A recent study by a fellow at Harvard's Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Caitlin Talmadge, warned that Iran could use mines as well as missiles to block the strait, and that "it could take many weeks, even months, to restore the full flow of commerce, and more time still for the oil markets to be convinced that stability had returned."

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