Not surprisingly, Iranian officials are none too pleased with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner after he warned on Sunday that Iran’s developing nuclear program constitutes cause for alarm — and potentially for war.


Iran’s foreign ministry said the remark had damaged the credibility of France, while the official Iranian news agency accused Paris of aping Washington.

On Sunday France’s Bernard Kouchner said: “We have to prepare for the worst, and the worst is war.”

Meanwhile, the top UN nuclear official said force should be a last resort.

At a conference of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Austria, Mohamed ElBaradei said he saw no clear and present danger, and that talk of force was counter-productive.

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