France Warns of War with Iran

World should 'prepare for the worst," says foreign minister
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2007 4:24 AM CDT
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner speaks during an appearance with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani during the second day of his surprise visit to Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday, Aug. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Hadi...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner yesterday threatened war with Iran to  halt its nuclear weapons program. France favors negotiations and sanctions but the world should prepare for military action if all else fails, he said in an interview on French TV. Iranian nuclear weapons would pose "a real danger for the whole world," he warned.

"We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war," Kouchner said. Although Iran claims its nuclear programs are peaceful, French companies are being advised not to enter into contracts with the country. France is pressing the European Union to prepare sanctions against Iran, Kouchner said.