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Kowsari in reaction to French president's anti-Iran threats

Sarkozy's Iran Remarks Political Bluff; No Room for New Wars in ME

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (ICANA) – Vice Chairman of the Majlis national Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmail Kowsari has brushed aside the French president's war mongering remarks against Iran and noted that there is no more room for wars in the Middle East within the next five years.
Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:18:16 PM
Sarkozy's Iran Remarks Political Bluff; No Room for New Wars in ME

Speaking to ICANA on Saturday, the top legislator pointed to NATO's unfortunate situation in Iraq and Afghanistan and said the remarks by President Nicolas Sarkozy were unrealistic and more just a propaganda maneuver.

With the French presidential election being near, Kowsari said Sarkozy did not enjoy a good standing among the public opinion and for the same reason he was trying to divert the attention of the French voters to secondary issues to get elected again by resorting to political bluff.

He said Sarkozy's stance against Iran's peaceful nuclear program was worthless and regretted that "an uninformed person like him has taken over the executive wheels of a country which claims to advocate freedom and democracy." He said Sarkozy would not make those remarks against Iran if he were aware of its consequences.

The MP said the US was badly stuck in Afghanistan and Iraq, adding: "The leader of the arrogant system (US) resorted to Iran a number of times in order to come out of the crisis let alone France."

He also said Washington was well aware that the Middle East region had no more room for wars for at least the next five years and for the same reason addressed Iran carefully and with due regard.

Kowsari also said IAEA inspectors had found no diversion towards production of nuclear weapons in Iran's installations and this is something the IAEA director general stipulates in his final reports about Iran.

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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