France urges sanctions to pressure Iran
I am not sure that a new sanctions regime against Iran will work, but the French Change of position is encouraging. No amount of sanctions by the UN or even independently from the EU or U.S. will do much unless those sanctions are enforced… The unwillingness of member states to enforce sanctions in the past have undermined efforts against Iran and other rogue nations.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Tuesday the West must continue to work on sanctions if it is to be taken seriously by Iran, even as talks continue to resolve a stand-off over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Kouchner told Europe 1 radio that the situation in Iran was dangerous and that a nuclear-armed Iran would make the situation in the Middle East even more complicated.
“While the European dialogue continues…we have to work on sanctions so as to be taken seriously,” Kouchner said.