US, France have 'same approach' on Iran: Chirac

20th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 19, 2006 (AFP) - France and the United States Tuesday insisted they saw eye to eye on the Iranian crisis, with the French backing the US line that Iran must halt uranium enrichment before talks can proceed.

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 19, 2006 (AFP) - France and the United States Tuesday insisted they saw eye to eye on the Iranian crisis, with the French backing the US line that Iran must halt uranium enrichment before talks can proceed.

French President Jacques Chirac said after meeting President George W. Bush that the two sides had "the same approach" on how to address the Iranian challenge, after appearing to differ with the US view on Monday.

"There cannot be negotiations without, at the start of the negotiations, a halt to (uranium) enrichment by the Iranians," Chirac said.

"There is no ambiguity from us."

On Monday, Chirac had appeared to differ with the US position, saying that a halt to enriching uranium by Iran should not necessarily be a precondition for opening talks.

Bush, meanwhile, also made clear that France and Washington were on the same page.

"France and the United States share the same goal, and that is for the Iranians not to have nuclear weapons," said Bush.

"The Iranians have to understand we share the same objective and we will continue to strategize together," Bush said.

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