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. France is top intelligence provider on Iran: US lawmaker
WASHINGTON, Nov 8 (AFP) Nov 08, 2007
France is one of the top intelligence sources on Iran for the United States, Democrat Ellen Tausche, chairman of the House of Representatives subcommittee on strategic forces, told a press conference Thursday.

"Iran is deadly dangerous. They have been isolated from us for a very, very long time, and we don't have very good intelligence. I am glad we use a lot of international intelligence, especially the French and (Britain's) MI6," she told reporters.

Asked if the US administration's warnings about Iran's alleged secret nuclear weapons program should be believed, Tausche said: "You shouldn't, you should believe the French."

The lawmaker added that on Wednesday, after meeting with President George W. Bush, French "President (Nicolas) Sarkozy was totally unambiguous about Iran, and (said) that there was reason to be concerned about (its) ambitions."

On October 29, French Defence Minister Herve Morin dismissed comments by the head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, that there was no evidence Iran was building nuclear weapons.

"Our information, matching those of other countries, gives us the opposite feeling," Morin said at the end of a visit to the United Arab Emirates.

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