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Hollande to Israel: France Will Keep Sanctions on Iran

Hollande to Israel: France Will Keep Sanctions on Irani
November 18, 2013 7:14 AM
French President Francois Hollande says his government will maintain sanctions and pressure against Iran until he is certain that it has renounced a suspected nuclear weapons program.
Hollande to Israel: France Will Keep Sanctions on Iran
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French President Francois Hollande says his government will maintain sanctions and pressure against Iran until he is certain that it has renounced a suspected nuclear weapons program.
Hollande made the pledge to Israeli leaders after arriving in Israel Sunday at the start of a three-day visit. In a welcome ceremony at the airport, the French president said Paris will not tolerate nuclear proliferation. Speaking in Hebrew, Hollande also said, "I will always remain a friend of Israel."
Israel has been urging France and five other world powers not to ease sanctions on Iran as they negotiate with the government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who took office in August. Israeli leaders see a nuclear armed Iran as a threat to their nation's existence. Tehran has repeatedly called for Israel's demise.
The six world powers, known as the P5+1, held a second round of talks with the Rouhani government in Geneva earlier this month, hoping to reach a diplomatic solution to international concerns about possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program. Another round is due to begin in Geneva Wednesday.
Iran has demanded relief from sanctions that have hurt its economy, but has refused to stop uranium enrichment, a process with civilian and military uses.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly warned against easing pressure on Iran without forcing it to give up uranium enrichment. Speaking Sunday at a joint news conference with Hollande, the Israeli prime minister said such a concession would be a "dream deal" for Iran and the "worst nightmare" for the world.
In a report published Sunday, the Iranian news agency ISNA quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying Iran does need other countries to explicitly "recognize" an Iranian right to enrich uranium. Zarif said enrichment already is a fundamental right that "all countries should respect."
France has said it opposes any deal that would do too little to curb Iran's enrichment or to stop its development of a reactor capable of producing plutonium, another nuclear weapons ingredient.
Western powers accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of civilian energy and medical research, a charge Tehran denies.

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by: Salem m. Hafiz from: chicago IL. 60640
November 19, 2013 3:43 PM

Every country have the right to manifuctur anything military or not , as long as there is no law to prevent specific action, and to be applied on all countries world wide. Franc have no legitmet right to oppose. Israelis should get legitamet right for their own existanc and not to be allowed to interfere with legitemet countries.

by: Stehling from: NYC
November 18, 2013 3:04 PM
Netanyahu's bogus claim to act for 'the Jewish people' is just ludicrous. The majority of Jews, over 7 million, do not live in Israel and have no wish to do so.
Furthermore, the reality of a secret nuclear state that refuses to sign either the chemical or biological weapons treaties, is a sickening reminder to us of the terrible threat to world peace.
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by: Stephanie Carter from: USA
November 19, 2013 10:36 AM
spoken like a true imbecilic Ayatullah...
I agree with the Russian Dr from Moscow State University. A confrontation with iran is inevitable... the Iranian malignant regime that holds its own citizens hostage to their hate and jealousy of other nations - calling for the death of America like a bunch of bearded dim wits - you know that conciliation with such a regime is meaningless... are we going to let them have a nuclear bomb...???
somehow I trust BB Natanyahoo far more than i trust Obama to keep US safe.

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
November 18, 2013 8:48 AM
If uranium enrichment is a country's right, including Iran, then the world is headed for another fracas. USA has posed long enough obstacle to Israel's existence despite giving it subventions. Maybe former US leaderships meant well for Israel, but recent developments show Obama is playing games with Israel. Israel should understand the game plan of Mr. Obama and do their own thing their own way before another exile is forced into their throat. A nuclear exile is like crossing the Rubicon, there is no return or recovery from it. Now that Israel has the support of some of its enemies in the region is the best time to strike.

USA will only lead Israel to the cliff where it needs just minimum force to tip it over. If its courting of near nuclear armed Iran is not revealing enough, then nothing will be. Israel can do it with or without help. And with the support of France to anchor its UN Security Council vetoes, now is the most opportune time to take Iran and its nuclear program out. Going from shifting the goalpost to shifting strategy and targets shows how gullible and unreliable USA has been, will be be, and what preferences it will make par Iran. If at Wednesday's meeting Iran still refuses to drop uranium enrichment, then let the strike start without further delay.

by: Dr. V. Samyanov from: Moscow State U.
November 17, 2013 10:32 PM
well, a military confrontation with Iran is inevitable. the only uncertainty is how many will have to die. the longer we postpone a military preemptive strike that will destroy Iran's capability to manufacture a nuclear bomb the harder it will eventually be... and the more will have to die... but confrontation is inevitable...

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