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22 January 2012 - 23:17

Responding to the recent statements made by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said France is seeking a pretext to put Iranian people under pressure.

According to Khabar Online, addressing an audience of French ambassadors gathered in Paris on Friday, Sarkozy asked China and Russia to approve imposing tougher sanctions on Iran.
Sarkozy claimed such measures by all countries would prevent a military attack against Iranian nuclear installations.
"Time is limited. France will do everything to avoid military intervention, but there is only one way to avoid it: a much tougher, more decisive, sanctions regime," he said. 
Unlike the European Union, Russia and China are not tended to put stronger embargoes on Iran, particularly on its crude oil exports. This has caused a gap in international society on taking more economic actions against the Islamic Republic.
Sarkozy went on to say: "Those who do not want to reinforce sanctions against a regime which is leading its country into disaster by seeking a nuclear weapon will bear responsibility for the risk of a military breakdown," AFP reported.
Expressing astonishment over the unfounded and far from reality statements of French President claiming Iran's nuclear activities are not peaceful, Mehmanparast rejected claims and stressed on transparent nuclear program of the Islamic Republic which has closely and permanently cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA).
"Seemingly by making baseless allegations, the French president is trying to press Iranian people through imposing illegal and unfair sanctions, but one should know that such efforts are absolutely known and rejected by the public opinion of the world," he added.
The latest report of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors claims Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon.
On the pretext of that report, the West powers above them the United States imposed new economic sanctions on Tehran including on trade with Iran's Central Bank (CBI). Further measures are also being taken to put embargo on Iran’s oil products.  
Iran has categorically rejected such allegations and stresses that its atomic program is meant for peaceful purposes including medical research and treatment as well as producing electricity.
European Union is to meet next week and is expected to approve new measures against the Islamic Republic's oil exports and its financial sector.
Tehran is already subject to four rounds of UN sanctions, as well as unilateral punitive measures adopted by the United States, the EU and individual Western governments which the latter have not been approved by some countries which have the main trade relations with Iran including Russia, China and Turkey.  
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