France Warns Of War With Iran Not Involving France

THE rest of the world could soon be embroiled in a war with Iran, the French foreign minister has warned.

The last thing Iran needs is a lot of Frenchmen running about, said Kouchner

Bernard Kouchner said that in the event of conflict over Iran's nuclear programme, the United States and Britain would enjoy the full moral support of the French people.

"War is a terrible thing, which is why we prefer to avoid it," said Kouchner. "But for other countries it is often unavoidable and when that happens we will be there to wish them the very best of luck."

Kouchner said the easing of tensions with North Korea proved that diplomacy can work as long as it goes hand-in-hand with the threat of a war not involving France.

He added: "We urged the Americans to be tough with North Korea and assured them that if the situation did escalate we would be on the end of the phone, day or night. If necessary we would come over with a delicious pie."

Kouchner provoked a row last month when he accused the Iraqi government of being in disarray and insisted the country was still far too dangerous for French troops.

Meanwhile Iran has denied developing nuclear weapons, insisting it was only enriching uranium as part of its Duke of Edinburgh Award.