French PM hails US policy shift on Iran

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CHARTRES, France, June 1, 2006 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin Thursday hailed a conditional US offer to join European negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme as a potentially decisive step.

CHARTRES, France, June 1, 2006 (AFP) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin Thursday hailed a conditional US offer to join European negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme as a potentially decisive step.

"This is an important, if not decisive step, and this is how we are going to move forwards on this difficult question," Villepin told a press conference.

It is "unity in the international community that will make a difference" in the negotiations with Iran," he said.

In what has been regarded as a major policy shift, Washington announced Wednesday that it is ready to enter European-led negotiations on Iran's nuclear ambitions if Tehran suspends uranium enrichment.

Iran's refusal to halt enrichment, in line with UN Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) demands, leaves the country exposed to sanctions.

The United States, Europe, Russia and China were set to meet in Vienna Thursday to continue talks on a carrot-and-stick approach to the crisis — trade and other incentives if Iran complies and sanctions if it refuses.

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