Jean-François Poncet

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the French senate has released its latest report saying there is no strong evidence to prove the nature of Iran’s nuclear program is military.

Jean-François Poncet, a member of the committee asserted that Iran’s nuclear issue is indeed the second challenge in the region where the general nuclearization of the entire area is the main worry.

Israel is the sole nuclear-armed regime in region which has so far refused to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and scoffed regional and international concerns over the a Middle East free from nuclear weapons.

The US and its allies including Israel have been at loggerheads with Iran over the country’s nuclear drive. They accuse Tehran of pursuing nuclear weaponry; claiming that Iran’s uranium enrichment program is aimed at producing fuel for a nuclear weapons program - such substance could also be used to produce electricity in nuclear power plants.

Jean-François-Poncet however said that the military aspect of Iran’s program is under question and Iranian authorities deny it firmly.

Iran says its enrichment program is intended for civilian purposes and that, as a NPT signatory, the country has a right to the technology already in the hands of many others.

The committee’s finding is in line with the latest International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) report which declared it has not seen any diversion in Iran’s nuclear activities after an unprecedented amount of inspections on the program.

Press TV (Iran)

Related article: Iran: Israel must shed nuclear arms, Voltaire Network; 28 July 2009.