Speech by Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic at the 67th U.N. General Assembly (Excerpts)

September 24, 2013

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

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There’s also an urgent need to combat the greatest threat to global stability: I mean the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

For years now, Iran has been ignoring the international community’s demands, has avoided IAEA inspections, and has not kept her word or complied with the Security Council resolutions. I myself hoped that negotiation could really take place and that targets would be set. Once again this negotiation did not succeed. France does not accept this violation, which is a threat to regional security and, as we know, a threat to global peace. So I want to say here again that we’re ready to impose new sanctions – not to punish the great people of Iran but to say to their leaders that they must resume the negotiations before it’s too late.

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