French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner accelerated talk of war by insisting that Iran faced the prospect of being attacked unless it backed off its atomic energy development. He said: “we must negotiate to the end” with iran but if it has an atomic bomb it would represent “a real danger for the whole world” and we should be prepared “for the worst which is war.” President Ahmadinejad responded with a defiant “we will not step back” from atomic energy development.
It increasingly is evident that President Sarkozy intends to create close ties to the Bush administration even to the extent of buying into its hysterical claims that Iran will soon have an atomic bomb and will pose a threat to the world. Iran does not have an atomic bomb, it is working to develop nuclear energy. The two are not synonymous.