European Divisions on the Iranian Bomb

German political analyst Matthias Küntzel writes in World Politics Review on inter-European splits on how best to deal with Iran.

He notes that leaders in Germany and Austria have increasingly spoken out against the more hard-line pronouncements of French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

“Whereas France, Great Britain, and the United States want to use tough sanctions in order to prevent Iran’s enrichment of uranium to an industrial grade, Germany, Austria, and Russia are prepared now to accept Iran’s nuclear facilities as long as they are placed under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). They have thus effectively shelved the strategy hitherto pursued by the U.N. Security Council, which aimed at stopping Iran from acquiring the potential bomb factories, not merely at monitoring them.”

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Read this article in German.


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