The Pittsburgh-Post Gazette’s Jack Kelly reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy was not happy with the way Preisdent Obama handled the Iran issue last week:
Nicolas Sarkozy was furious with Barack Obama for his adolescent warbling about a world without nuclear weapons at a meeting Mr. Obama chaired of the United Nations Security Council last Thursday (9/24).
“We must never stop until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of the earth,” President Obama said.
What infuriated President Sarkozy was that at the time Mr. Obama said those words, Mr. Obama knew the mullahs in Iran had a secret nuclear weapons development site, and he didn’t call them on it.
‘President Obama dreams of a world without weapons…but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite,” Mr. Sarkozy said.
“Iran since 2005 has flouted five Security Council resolutions,” Mr. Sarkozy said. “North Korea has been defying Council resolutions since 1993.”
“What good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community?” he asked rhetorically. “More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe out a UN member state off the map.”
If the Security Council had imposed serious sanctions on the regimes which are flouting UN resolutions, the resolution Mr. Obama proposed about working toward nuclear disarmament wouldn’t have been so meaningless, Mr. Sarkozy implied.
“If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce or own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons,” he said.
Kelly talked about this more on Greta van Susterin’s program last night and noted that Sarkozy was further upset that Obama choose not to use the opportunity of a Security Council meeting discuss the newly discovered second nuclear processing facility near Qom:
It’s somewhat ironic when the French are more confrontational than the United States, isn’t it ?