Saturday, July 26, 2008
PARIS – U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Friday Iran should not wait for the next administration to halt its uranium enrichment program.
Speaking at a joint news conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, Obama said Iran should accept the trade and technical incentives the six world powers have offered in exchange for ending its uranium enrichment.
“Iran should accept the proposals that President Sarkozy and the EU 3 plus 3 are presenting now. Don’t wait for the next president because the pressure, I think, is only going to build,” he said.
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Sarkozy and Obama joked about their common immigrant backgrounds as, respectively, the son of a Hungarian and of a Kenyan. By the end of the news conference, Sarkozy was calling Obama by his first name.
“France is happy to welcome Barack Obama, firstly because he’s American and the French love Americans,” he said, before making a long, pointed pause during which the comment drew laughter from the traveling U.S. press corps.
He stopped just short of actually endorsing the 46-year-old senator but made it clear he would be happy if he won the November presidential election.
“Good luck to Barack Obama. If it’s him, France will be happy and if it’s not him, France will be a friend of the United States of America,” he said.
This article was posted: Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 3:04 am