Iran: Statement by Nicolas Sarkozy
Statement on Iran by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic
Pittsburgh, 25 September 2009
Ladies and gentlemen,
We met yesterday for a Security Council summit on non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. I reiterated my conviction that Iran was leading the international community down a dangerous path. I recalled all the efforts we have made to propose a negotiated solution to the Iranian leaders, without success. What was revealed today is extraordinary. After the Nantanz enrichment plant in 2002, a plant in Qom has now come to light. It was designed and constructed over a period of several years in violation of Security Council and IAEA resolutions. I expect the IAEA to carry out a thorough, rigorous investigation, as President Obama has said.
There was already a serious crisis of confidence; the international community has now been issued a challenge. The Six will meet with the Iranian leaders in Geneva, and everything must now be put on the table. Let us not allow the Iranian leaders to buy time while the centrifuges are turning. And if by December there is no significant change in policy on the part of the Iranian leaders, sanctions will have to be taken; peace and stability are at stake.