France sees Iran taking wrong direction on nuclear drive

1st July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Iran's insistence that new UN sanctions will not affect its nuclear programme show that Tehran is not "going in the right direction," the French foreign ministry said Thursday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki wrote to the 15 members of the UN Security Council and told them the latest measures "will not affect (Iran's) utterly peaceful nuclear programme," the IRNA news agency reported.

The Security Council last month voted in favour of imposing a fourth set of sanctions against Tehran over its uranium enrichment programme, the most controversial aspect of the nuclear drive.

French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said "very clear messages have been addressed to Iran so that it finally agrees to engage in talks on its sensitive activities."

"The letters received from Manouchehr Mottaki are not going in the right direction. What we expect from Iran is that it addresses the concerns of the international community with concrete measures," he said.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.

© 2010 AFP

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