Obama says U.S., France agree on continued enforcement of Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON Tue Feb 11, 2014 6:04pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and France agree on the need to enforce existing sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.

"President Hollande and I agree on the need to continue enforcing existing sanctions even as we believe that new sanctions during these negotiations would endanger the possibility of a diplomatic solution," Obama said in a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande.

"And we remain absolutely united in our ultimate goal, which is preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon," Obama said.

(Reporting by Jim Loney)

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Comments (16)
Tiu wrote:
Nothing quite as effective as the old arm-twist up the back to put a stop to those pesky French businessmen rushing off to Iran.
I love it “President Hollande and I agree” – a real corker!

Feb 11, 2014 12:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
The same old chant to appease the hard liners in US, who are totally out of touch with the rest of the world. Hollande I don’t know who he playing to, but sure looks slimy.

Feb 11, 2014 1:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
riposte wrote:
its really strange, when France stands up to the Iranians, more than Obama does..

Feb 11, 2014 1:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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