Israel welcomes France's stance on archfoe Iran

17th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 September 2007, JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel on Monday welcomed the tough line taken by France on archfoe Iran's controversial nuclear programme after Paris said the world should brace for a possible war with the Islamic republic.

17 September 2007

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel on Monday welcomed the tough line taken by France on archfoe Iran's controversial nuclear programme after Paris said the world should brace for a possible war with the Islamic republic.

"Strong declarations by the world community show that it will not remain with its arms crossed. They are positive as they send a clear message to Tehran," foreign ministry spokesman Mark Regev told AFP.

"Iran will not end its nuclear armament programme until it understands that the international community is serious, united and determined in its opposition," he said.

On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in reference to the West's standoff with Iran over its nuclear programme: "We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war."

In an interview broadcast on French television and radio, Kouchner said: "We must negotiate right to the end," but he underlined that if Tehran possessed an atomic weapon, it would represent "a real danger for the whole world."

The West fears that Iran's nuclear programme is a cover for developing atomic weapons, a charge that Tehran vehement denies.

Widely considered the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear power, Israel considers Iran its main foe after repeated statements by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the Jewish state should be wiped off the map.

AFP

Subject: German news

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