'Danger of war' exists with Iran: Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned of a risk of a war with Iran if Israel considered its security seriously threatened by Teheran's nuclear drive in a magazine interview to be published Thursday.

'Danger of war' exists with Iran: Sarkozy
Sarkozy also said he was ready to travel to Tehran to discuss a civilian nuclear partnership if the country steps up its cooperation with the UN atomic watchdog.

'The problem for us is not so much the risk that the Americans launch a military intervention, but that the Israelis consider their security to be truly threatened,' Sarkozy told Le Nouvel Observateur in an issue to appear Thursday.

'Everyone agrees on the fact that what the Iranians are doing has no civilian explanation,' Sarkozy said, referring to Teheran's uranium enrichment work. 'The only debate is about whether they will develop a military capacity in one or five years.'

'The danger of a war exists,' said the French president, who insisted he had 'never been in favour of war.'

Sarkozy held out the prospect of a nuclear partnership with Teheran if it improved its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying he had the 'trust of the Israelis and the Americans' on the matter.

'If Iran allows the IAEA to carry out its checks, I would be ready to travel to Teheran to discuss a collaboration on civilian nuclear energy,' he said.

'The Americans are not, in this case, warmongers,' he said.

Sarkozy has said that a new UN resolution boosting sanctions against Iran is still justified despite a US intelligence report saying Iran had suspended a secret nuclear weapons programme in 2003.

Israel is widely considered the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear power,

Agencies

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