French President Nicolas Sarkozy today warned Iran that its determination to press on with its nuclear program risked an Israeli strike that would be a "catastrophe."
Iran’s Press TV quoted Sarkozy as saying that “the Israeli regime will attack Iran one day if the country continues to seek nuclear technology."
"Iran is taking a major risk by continuing the process of seeking nuclear technology for military ends," Sarkozy said at a four-way summit in Damascus with the leaders of Syria, Qatar and Turkey.
The warning came on the heel of a report published in the respected Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf [29 August] that Netherland's military intelligence service has pulled back from its ultra-secret operation in Iran in anticipation of an imminent US military strike on Iranian nuclear and weapons facilities.
Among the potential targets were said to be not only nuclear plants, but also military installations that have been brought to light by AIVD, Press TV reported [30 August].
The Dutch and French warnings were the latest indications that Iran’s continued nuclear standoff with the West might cause the start of another major conflict in the region.