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Iraqi MPs Slam Sarkozy’s Iran Remarks

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TEHRAN, Sept. 3 (ICANA) – Several members of the Iraqi parliament reacted to the recent statements of French President Nicolas Sarkozy against Iran’s nuclear activities.
Saturday, September 03, 2011 9:34:49 PM
Iraqi MPs Slam Sarkozy’s Iran Remarks

According to Iraqi Satellite TV Network Alsumaria News, the parliamentarian faction of the National Alliance Party led by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced that making comments on attacking Iran’s nuclear sites will affect the security of the region.

It added that in case any country threatens Iran with military attack it will not be allowed to use Iraqi soil to that end because the act runs counter to Iraq’s constitution.  

The National Alliance faction has 159 out of 325 seats of the Iraqi parliament.

Another prominent member of the parliamentary faction of Iraq’s Kurdestan Mahmoud Othman also criticized Sarkozy for his anti-Iran statements and said talk about a preemptive military attack on Iran’s nuclear sites will leave negative impacts because any step in this direction will have adverse effects not only on Iraq but also on the entire region.

Othman asked the Iraqi government not to allow any country to use the Iraqi air space for attacking 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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