Mahmoud says no one can stop him, France and Germany weigh EU Sanctions
State-controlled news agencies in Tehran quote Mr. Ahmadinejad as saying Iran has passed the difficult points on the nuclear issue and that no power can stop the country from making further achievements.
France and Germany signalled on Friday the European Union could punish Iran for pressing ahead with its nuclear programme before the world’s top powers agree on further sanctions at the United Nations.
France urged other EU states this week to start exploring further sanctions against Iran now, at the same time as the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany negotiate a third round of U.N. measures against Tehran.
…”In the event a Security Council decision cannot be reached and Iran is not showing a readiness to cooperate, the EU needs to think in a timely way about how to react,” a German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told a news conference.
Iran desperately needs western technology, not just for its nuclear program but throughout it’s economy. The change in the French position on this issue is crucial to resolving it short of military confrontation. For any sanctions regime to work however it will require universal enforcement. The lack of enforcement of various sanctions regimes in the past have undermined attempts to change the behavior of Iran and other Rogue nations.