2/09/2012

French President Underlines Diplomatic Solution to Iran's N. Issue

TEHRAN (FNA)- French President Nicolas Sarkozy underscored that politics and diplomacy is the only way to settle the deadlock between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear program.

Sarkozy warned against the repercussions of a military aggression against the Islamic republic of Iran, aimed at halting Tehran's peaceful nuclear program.

Speaking at a Wednesday dinner party hosted by France's major Jewish organization, CRIF (Representative Council of France's Jewish Associations) in the French capital city of Paris, also attended by Francois Hollande, his major rival in the country's presidential election in April, Sarkozy emphasized that the solution to Iran's nuclear issue "is never military".

"The solution is political, the solution is diplomatic," the French president argued, highlighting, however, the West's sanction policies against Iran.

Sarkozy noted that the standoff over Iran's nuclear program could be resolved as "the irreparable is not carried out" with regard to Tehran's nuclear case.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries.