Sarkozy remarks about Iran leaders 'unacceptable'
Iran disapproves of Sarkozy's remark: “the people of Iran deserve better than their current leaders”.Tehran – Iran labelled a remark by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Iran's people deserve better leaders than the ones they have as "unacceptable" on Tuesday.
"Unfortunately, France, which is adopting more and more extremist stances, has decided to interfere in the domestic affairs of Iran, which is totally unacceptable," said the spokesman for the foreign ministry, quoted by the ISNA news agency.
Speaking in Berlin on Monday after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Sarkozy had said "the people of Iran deserve better than their current leaders. I want to say how much we admire the courage of the Iranian people."
Merkel and Sarkozy met as officials from the five permanent UN Security Council members, of which France is one, and Germany prepared to discuss on Wednesday calls for tighter sanctions against Iran if it fails to engage with world powers over its disputed nuclear programme.
Iran has defied Security Council sanctions by continuing to enrich uranium, a process which makes fuel for nuclear power plants but can also form the core of an atomic bomb.
On Tuesday, however, Iran said it had updated its package of proposals linked to the nuclear programme and is ready for fresh talks.
AFP / Expatica