Adm. William Fallon stepped down after an article in Esquire magazine portrayed his views on Iran as being at odds with those of President Bush.
Security experts question whether claims about Friday's domestic airliner incident amount to state propaganda to bolster a pre-Olympics crackdown.
Chinese authorities say assessment of Chinese military distorted facts.
Some see the move by parliament as an encouraging sign of unity and compromise.
On a three-day trip, President Nicolas Sarkozy also inked economic and nuclear deals with Gulf states.
It says it will provide answers to remaining questions to the IAEA within four weeks.