WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Prof. Raymond Tanter,
President of the Iran Policy Committee, had an Op-Ed article published in
Le Figaro on 6 November 2007: "Mr. Sarkozy, Convince Bush to Help the
Prof. Tanter commented on the upcoming visit to Washington by French
President Nicolas Sarkozy and the importance of developing a unified
position regarding Iran. Prof. Tanter wrote: "To reinforce western
diplomacy and forestall military action, President Sarkozy is in a position
to develop a new European-American option -- an Iranian solution to the
threat from Tehran."
Prof. Tanter goes on to evaluate the options facing the United States
and Europe in dealing with a radical regime intent on acquiring nuclear
weapons: "The more Europe stresses a diplomatic option that is failing, the
more it would increase the prospect for Washington to select the military
option, which Europe correctly wants to avoid. To avoid a nuclear armed
Iran or war, both the United States and Europe have a common interest to
emphasize the third, or the Iranian solution."
Regarding the role of the Iranian opposition, Prof. Tanter writes, "The
EU and the United States can realize their latent leverage over the Iranian
regime by recognizing the independent Iranian opposition groups, in
particular the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MEK) and National Council of Resistance
of Iran (NCRI). The EU and the United States can do so by lifting the
terrorist designation of the MEK. And because the NCRI is not on the EU
list, Paris should convince Washington to remove that group from its list.
President Sarkozy has an opportunity to help President Bush move in that
direction. Now is the time to reinforce the unilateral American sanctions
against the Iranian regime with a common EU-American approach."
For the full length version of this Op-Ed in French, see:
Prof. Tanter is available for interview.
SOURCE Iran Policy Committee