France: Iran Risks Attack if It Continues to Develop Nuclear Program

French envoy to UN does not specify who would carry out strike, but warns attack would have 'disastrous consequences in the region.'

The French envoy to the UN warned Iran on Tuesday that it risks a military strike if it continues to develop its nuclear program. Ambassador Gerard Araud said in New York that "If we don't succeed today to reach a negotiation with the Iranians, there is a strong risk of military action," AFP reported.

The strike, he said, "would be a very complicated operation. It would have disastrous consequences in the region… all the Arab countries are extremely worried about what is happening."

Ahmadinejad, Natanz nuclear facility

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi called on the European Union to resume nuclear talks with Tehran. "There have been new developments with regards to Iran's nuclear issue and also other issues,' Salehi said in a meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Salehi was referring to his meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)Director General Yukiya Amano in July, allowing IAEA inspections of Iranian nuclear sites and Russian efforts to kick start the talks.

'Iran and the EU have various issues to discuss and could complement one another through these talks,' Salehi told Ashton, according to a Foreign Ministry statement carried the semi-official Iranian news agency Fars.

Earlier this month, Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney said he believes Israel would attack Iran to prevent it from achieving nuclear weapons capacity. Cheney told Newsmax TV that "Iran represents an existential threat and [the Israelis] will do whatever they have to do to guarantee their survival and their security.”

On September 3, The United Nations nuclear watchdog released a report stating that Iran is pursuing the development of nuclear weapons, adding that the Islamic Republic has upgraded its nuclear facilities in order to defend them from possible cyber attacks.

According to the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has installed new and improved 2IR as well as 4IR centrifuges, which according to experts, will be immune to cyber attacks that were able to breach the older centrifuges.