Officials from France, Israel and China all issued strong statements Wednesday in response to a new report that Iran may be developing nuclear weapons.
"The groundbreaking report just published by the International Atomic Energy Agency reinforces France's deep concern with regards to Iran's nuclear program," France's Foreign Ministry said. "France believes that it must make a breakthrough in strengthening diplomatic pressure on Iran. If Iran refuses to comply with the demands of the international community and denies any serious cooperation, we stand ready to adopt, with all the countries that will follow, sanctions of an unprecedented scale."
The IAEA report, released Tuesday, found no evidence that Iran has made a strategic decision to actually build a bomb. But its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known, the report said.
"The agency has serious concerns regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," the report said. "After assessing carefully and critically the extensive information available to it, the agency finds the information to be, overall, credible. The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device."
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed the report as a fabrication of facts aimed at satisfying U.S. allegations about Iran's nuclear program. Ahmadinejad continued his criticisms of the United States and other nuclear powers during a speech Wednesday.FULL STORY