|Solana cautions West against strike on Iran|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Saturday, 09 June 2007 17:00|
|Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy, has cautioned Western nations against undertaking any "negative" moves which may hinder progress in negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme. He made the comments during an interview with Spanish newspaper EFE. Solana warned the West not to expect any quick results in the talks, over which he was appointed representative of the six nations involved in the nuclear dispute. |
Quote: "Any "negative" move against Iran by the Security Council would be a "mistake", Solana told the EFE. "I want the Western countries to adopt a proper approach in dealing with Iran's nuclear issue," Solana suggested. He said if the West doesn't seek a proper solution for Iran's nuclear issue many problems will arise which might be "impossible to resolve."
His comments came on the same day that Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz stated that military action against Iran to remove the nuclear threat against Israel remains a possibility. US pilots also held a joint drill with the Israeli Air Force today, increasing speculation in the Arab media that preparations are being made for a strike against Iran.
Quote: "Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz says all options are on the table when it comes to dealing with Iran's nuclear program. Mofaz says Israel has sent a clear signal that the military option is one possibility for stopping Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. But in an Israel Radio interview, he said war would be a last resort. "At this time, international sanctions are the right course of action and they should be intensified," he said.
The view that military action could be taken against Iran to prevent the threat of nuclear war in the Middle East - held by both the US and Israel, is in stark contrast to general European opinion that Iran can be somehow talked out of threatening Israel with nuclear destruction. This despite Iranian nuclear negotiators admitting they had duped the West by using the talks as a cover to buy time to develop their nuclear programme. Solana also recently admitted that the EU expects Iran to acquire the capacity to produce a nuclear bomb at some stage in the future, and that this ambition is unpreventable through dialogue alone. As with the Six Day War 40 years ago, Israel's existence is once again threatened by Islamic states that would seek to wipe it off the face of the map, and it may take another pre-emptive strike to ensure Israel's survival.