France warns Iran of 'very serious' consequences

6th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 6, 2006 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Monday that Iran faces "very serious" consequences as a result of its refusal to curb its nuclear activities.

PARIS, Feb 6, 2006 (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said on Monday that Iran faces "very serious" consequences as a result of its refusal to curb its nuclear activities.

"If they isolate themselves, it will be very serious for them," the minister said on French radio.

"Take oil — the Iranians should be careful," Douste-Blazy said, alluding to the risk that Iran may withhold its oil from world markets as a retaliation against possible international sanctions.

"They may have means for economic retaliation against certain countries. But their industry also needs economic cooperation" with Europe, he added.

Responding to the International Atomic Energy Agency's decision to report the Islamic republic to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, Iran said Monday that large-scale uranium enrichment work — the focus of fears it is seeking nuclear weapons — will begin in "due course."

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