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France demands Iran cease `destabilising activities`

Last Updated: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 23:53

Paris: France on Monday voiced sharp concern at news that Iran had test fired two long-range missiles and demanded Tehran immediately stop its "deeply destabilising activities."
"We call on Iran to choose the path of cooperation rather than confrontation, by immediately ceasing these deeply destabilising activities," said the Foreign Ministry.

Iran today test-fired its two long-range missiles, the Shahab-3 and the Sejil, which it says could hit targets in Israel, as the Revolutionary Guards staged war games for the second straight day.

The French ministry voiced its "sharp concern" at the announcement.

"These missile tests can only heighten the concerns of countries in the region and of the international community, given that Iran is developing a nuclear programme in parallel and that the existence of a clandestine enrichment site has just been revealed," it said.

Paris urged Iran to respond "without delay to the demands of the international community to reach a negotiated settlement on the nuclear question."

The Iranian exercises coincide with heightened tension with the West after the UN nuclear watchdog revealed on Friday that Tehran was building a second uranium enrichment plant.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, September 28, 2009 - 23:53
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