France: Time Running Out for Iran
RIA Novosti, PUBLISHED January 24, 2012
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday urged “more decisive” sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program but warned that time was running out to avoid military intervention.
In his annual speech on French diplomacy in Paris, Sarkozy said “more decisive” sanctions were needed to stop the purchase of Iranian oil and freeze the assets of the central bank.
“Everything will be done to avoid military intervention… but time is running out,” he said.
The sanctions are expected to be approved by European Union foreign ministers on Monday.
The United States and Israel have refused to rule out military intervention over suspicions that Iran, which recently began producing enriched uranium at an underground plant, may be developing nuclear arms.
Iran insists its program is peaceful.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Wednesday that a Western attack on Iran would be a “catastrophe” and “would pour oil on the still smoldering fire of Sunni-Shia confrontation.”
Sergey Kiriyenko and Daniel Poneman signed the agreement.
In September, Iran officially opened Bushehr which was completed with Russia's assistance after a long delay.
Unit went online on Monday.
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