Sarkozy Wary of Obama's Iranian Stance

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JERUSALEM, Israel - French President Nicholas Sarkozy remains leery of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's stance on Iran, according to reports received by the Israeli government.

In closed forums in France, Sarkozy called Obama's statements on Iran "utterly immature" and "formulations empty of all content."

During Obama's July visit to France, Sarkozy reportedly told the Democratic candidate that it would be "very problematic" if the U.S. changes its policy toward Iran.

Sarkozy is also concerned that if elected, Obama would attempt to "arrogantly" override the U.N. Security Council's position by making good on his promise to open direct dialogue with Iran without preconditions.

Since their meeting, Sarkozy has continued to express disappointment with Obama's stance on Iran, saying that it's "not crystallized," and "many issues" remain open.

The French president also criticized the international community's complacency regarding a nuclear-armed Iran, including the Security Council's stalemate on issuing a fourth round of sanctions.

French intelligence agencies believe Iran has produced 40 percent of the enriched uranium needed to produce its first nuclear bomb, and it will have the remainder by the spring of 2009.

Whether they will manufacture the first bomb as soon as there's enough enriched uranium or wait until several bombs can be produced is unknown.

However, once Iran has produced nuclear warheads, European countries could easily be in the same crosshairs as Israel.

Source: Haaretz

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