Iran's foreign ministry criticized France on Monday for a blunt warning over the weekend that Europe must prepare for war if Tehran continues to flout international demands to stop producing nuclear fuel.
Every effort should be made to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but failing that, the world could live with a nuclear-armed regime in Tehran, a recently retired commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Monday.
Iranian media lashed out at France on Monday for raising the rhetoric in the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, a day after the French foreign minister said the world should be prepared for war if Iran obtains nuclear weapons.
VIENNA, Sept. 17 -- The chief U.N. nuclear inspector urged Iran's harshest critics Monday to learn from the Iraq invasion and refrain from "hype" about a possible military attack, calling force an option of last resort.
France?s foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, sought to tone down remarks he made the day before that the world had to prepare for possible war against Iran.
The chief U.N. nuclear inspector urged Iran's harshest critics to learn the lessons of Iraq and not attack Tehran, saying such options should only be considered as a last resort and if authorized by the U.N. Security Council.
The chief U.N. nuclear inspector urged Iran's harshest critics Monday to learn from the Iraq invasion and refrain from "hype" about a possible military attack, saying force was an option of last resort.
France followed up a warning that the Iran nuclear crisis could lead to war by calling on Monday for European sanctions against Tehran.
Paris sent another strong message to Iran on Monday, announcing that it would work to set up a European sanctions regime modeled on the one in place in the United States if the United Nations Security Council failed to agree on tougher measures to stop Iran's uranium enrichment program.
Everything must be done to avoid the prospect of war with Iran, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said on Monday, a day after his foreign minister said Paris should prepare for that possibility.