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France: Iran missile tests 'very bad signal'

France says Iranian missile tests at Strait of Hormuz bad signal sent to the international community, stresses need to maintain freedom of navigation in gulf

AFP , Monday 2 Jan 2012
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France said on Monday that Iran's testing of missiles near the strategic Strait of Hormuz was regrettable and reminded Tehran of the need to keep the vital oil transit waterway open.

"We regret the very bad signal sent to the international community by the latest missile tests announced by Iran," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said, reminding Tehran of the "freedom of navigation in straits and the need to maintain a favourable climate in respect to this freedom."

Iran on Monday tested missiles near the Strait of Hormuz, underlining its threats to close the waterway as the West prepares to impose more economic sanctions to punish Tehran for its controversial nuclear work.

The launch of two missiles took place on the final day of war games in waters east of the strait at the entrance to the Gulf.

The show of military muscle was designed to show Iran's ability to close the Strait of Hormuz -- through which 20 per cent of the world's oil flows -- if it chooses.

Valero said talks in the European Union on an embargo on Iranian oil imports "are progressing well". A meeting of EU foreign ministers at the end of this month will decide whether to implement the measure.

US President Barack Obama also upped the pressure at the weekend, signing into law new unilateral sanctions targeting Iran's central bank and financial sector.

"We consider that the measures adopted this weekend by the United States go in the right direction," Valero said.

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Brandt Hardin
03-01-2012 03:59am
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Living in a Society of Fear
The National Defense Authorization Act is placing the sanctions on Iran which are FORCING their hand in these issues. Our government is playing with fire and ASKING for World War III by picking a fight with the Iranian Government. This SAME legislation gives our own government the power to detain American citizens indefinitely and without trial for speaking out against this agenda of war-profiteering through causing constant strife and conflict in the Middle East. Join the discussion about how our Government is waging war without public approval and suppressing our Freedom of Speech so far that we are petrified to stand up against them. Speak out with me against Living in this Society of Fear at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html
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