Chirac demands Iranian nuclear compliance
PARIS, June 20 (AFP) - President Jacques Chirac on Monday reiterated France's call for Iran to renounce all military nuclear activity during a meeting with the crown prince of Bahrain.
Chirac told Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa of progress in ongoing discussions with Iran, lead by Germany, France and Great Britain, “in close liaison with the United States,” said presidential spokesman Jerome Bonnafont.
Chirac “underlined our desire to reach an agreement where Iran will provide guarantees that it is permanently abandoning all military goals to its nuclear activity,” said Bonnafont, following the two leaders’ nearly one-hour meeting.
The United States and the European Union jointly urged Iran on Monday to freeze uranium enrichment and reprocessing and to work with the UN atomic energy watchdog amid concerns Tehran is seeking nuclear weapons.
Iran claims that its nuclear activity is non-military.
Chirac and Sheikh Salman also discussed the political, economic and social reforms being undertaken in the Gulf state of nearly 700,000 inhabitants.
Chirac stressed that “each country should have the right to conduct reforms at its own pace and respecting its own identity,” said Bonnafont.
Subject: French news