France warns against military intervention in Iran

14th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

The French foreign minister warned Monday that taking military action against Iran over its nuclear programme would drag the world into an "uncontrollable spiral."

Alain Juppe said after talks with European Union counterparts that the EU would reinforce sanctions against Tehran by asking the European Investment Bank to freeze loans to the Islamic republic.

"It is clear that the IAEA (UN nuclear watchdog) report shows that Iran is making progress in its project to build a nuclear weapon. It is a major danger for the stability of the region and the world," Juppe said.

But, he warned, "a military intervention would be the worst thing and it would drag us into an uncontrollable spiral."

Given that Iran is showing "zero" interest in negotiating, Juppe said: "We will reinforce our sanctions. We will ask the EIB to stop investing in Iran. That is the weapon we can use today -- and that we will use with determination."

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cited "credible" intelligence suggesting Iran had carried out work towards building nuclear warheads, raising concerns in Israel, the United States and Europe.

© 2011 AFP

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