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Ban Ki-moon
(Secretary General, United Nations)

"We should not give much more time to the Iranians, and we should not waste time. We have seen what happened with the DPRK - It ended up that they [were] secretly, quietly, without any obligations, without any pressure, making progress ... [The Security Council] must show a firm, decisive and effective, quick response [to Iran]."
Washington Post - February 2013
[Related: International Sanctions; Nuclear Negotiations]


François Hollande
(President, France)

"The Iranian nuclear programme, which has no credible civilian purpose, constitutes a threat to all countries in the region ... France's position is clear: it would be unacceptable for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. And that country must comply with its international obligations under the NPT as well as the resolutions adopted by the Security Council and the IAEA. The path of dialogue remains open because our goal is to achieve a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, but until Iran answers all the outstanding questions and complies with international law, France has a responsibility to further strengthen the sanctions against the Tehran regime."
20th French Ambassadors' Conference - August 2012
[Related: Iran Nuclear Threat; IAEA & Iran; Negotiations; Sanctions]

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"[Nuclear Iran] is a threat that cannot be accepted by France ... [France] is ready to vote for other sanctions, as many as necessary. We must make sure that through pressure, sanctions and later through negotiations, Iran renounces its intention to have access to nuclear weapons. I am working in that spirit."
Haaretz - October 2012
[Related: Sanctions; Negotiations]

"France's position is that we should strengthen the economic sanctions against Iran, they are effective, they are working and we have no doubt that if Iran continues to develop nuclear weapons, the international community, not Israel, will bear the responsibility to stop it! Iran is not just a danger to Israel but a danger to the Gulf Region, to Europe and to the whole world."
Algemeiner - March 2013
[Related: Sanctions & Diplomacy; Military Option]


Silvio Berlusconi
(Prime Minister, Italy)

"The entire international community must decide to state clearly, unequivocally and unanimously that it is unacceptable that nuclear weapons should be in the hands of a state whose leaders have openly proclaimed the will to destroy Israel and have denied both the Holocaust and the legitimacy of the Jewish state ... The right way [to address the Iranian nuclear program] is multi-lateral supervision on the military developments the Iranian program may produce, and the demand of assurances from Tehran's government as well as to demand that the IAEA conducts regular visits to the facilities and an ongoing supervision of nuclear talks."
Speech to Knesset - February 2010
[Related: Negotiations; Red Lines; IAEA & Iran]

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"Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively."
Haaretz - July 2010
[Related: Military Option; Is it Peaceful?]


Angela Merkel
(Chancellor, Germany)

"It is not acceptable how Iran continues to talk about Israel. It is a disappointment that there has been no change as far as the recognition of Israel goes."
Reuters - August 2014
[Related: Iran Nuclear Threat; Negotiations; Iran & the World]

"Iran is not just a threat to Israel but for the whole world. I want a political solution and think we should act together internationally, and I believe that the room for a political solution has not been exhausted."
Reuters - September 2012
[Related: Iran Nuclear Threat; Negotiations; Iran & the World]


Vladimir Putin
(President, Russia)

"Look at what happened to the Americans in Afghanistan and in Iraq. I told Obama the same thing. There is no need to do things too quickly; one should not act without thinking first. Iraq has a pro-Iranian regime after everything that has happened there. These things should be thought out ahead of time before doing something one will regret later. One should not act prematurely."
YNET News - June 2012
[Related: Military Option; International Red Lines]

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"[Russia is] not interested in Iran becoming a nuclear power, it would lead to greater risks to international stability."
Bloomberg News - February 2012
[Related: Nuclear Proliferation]


Helle Thorning-Schmidt
(Prime Minister, Denmark)

"I hope that not only Denmark but the rest of European member states are ready to step up these sanctions [against Iran] ... It is important that we are very clear about where we stand as a Union, and that we are very clear that we will not look upon threats in a passive way."
Euro News - January 2012
[Related: Sanctions - European Union; Threat from Iran]


William Hague
(Foreign Secretary, United Kingdom)

"Clearly Iran has been involved, increasingly, in illegal and potentially terrorist activity in other parts of the world ... Iran has increased in its willingness to contemplate utterly illegal activities in other parts of the world. This is part of the danger that Iran is currently presenting to the peace of the world."
BBC - February 2012
[Related: Exporting Terrorism; Threat from Iran]

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"The EU has today increased the pressure on Iran through another substantial package of sanctions. These are a direct response to Iran's continued refusal to take concrete steps to address our concerns about its nuclear programme ... [Iran] is enriching uranium on a scale that has no plausible civilian justification and increasing its enrichment capacity at a heavily protected site that it originally sought to keep secret."
The Guardian - October 2012
[Related: Sanctions; Is It Peaceful?]

"Iran needs to change direction. We want a negotiated solution and have extended the hand of reconciliation to Iran time and time again ... We are prepared to have further talks but only if Iran is prepared to engage in serious negotiations about its nuclear programme without preconditions. If not we must continue to increase the pressure and we are considering with our partners a range of additional measures to that effect."
International Business Times - November 2011
[Related: Negotiations; Sanctions]


Jack Straw
(Member of Parliament, United Kingdom)

"That the West retains the choice of using military force to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon ... is a hindrance to negotiations, rather than a help ... I have never been complacent about a nuclear-armed Iran ... [but] a nuclear-armed Iran would certainly not be worth a war ... War is not an option."
The Telegraph - February 2013
[Related: Military Option; Nuclear Negotiations]


James Morris
(Member of Parliament, United Kingdom)

"A negotiated settlement would be preferable, but it is still unclear what the end-game is, and whether or not the Iranians are interested in one. As such, it is vital that we continue to pressure the Iranian regime through tough and sustained sanctions - and leave the possibility of a military option firmly on the table. The Iranian regime must be under no illusions about our determination and resolve in preventing them from achieving their objective of developing a nuclear weapons capability."
The Telegraph - March 2013
[Related: Military Option; Nuclear Negotiations]


Catherine Ashton
(Foreign Policy Chief, European Union)

"[The EU needs a] serious set of discussions that can lead to concrete results ... My ambition is that we come away [from negotiations with Iran] with the beginning of the end of the nuclear weapons programme. I hope we'll see the beginnings of success."
Reuters - May 2012
[Related: Negotiations]

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"The choice [to negotiate] is Iran's. We expect Iran to decide whether it is willing to make diplomacy work ... We have begun to tackle critical issues [but] it remains clear that there are significant gaps between the substance of the two positions."
Haaretz - June 2012
[Related: Negotiations]


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