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10:10 A.M. EDT
PRESIDENT BUSH: It's been a pleasure to have a meaningful, strategic dialogue with Jacques Chirac. We talked about a lot of subjects. It's important that
Mr. President, welcome back to
PRESIDENT CHIRAC: (As translated.) We're always welcome in the
Well, indeed, today we have discussed and evidenced the fact that we have common approaches and a common sense of the main issues that we discussed, relating as they do to peace and to development throughout the world -- in fact, this coincides with the 61st U.N. General Assembly, which is going to meet today.
So we discussed peace and development. And particularly on the subject of peace-related issues, we addressed the issue of
And we, as a result of this, have once again confirmed that we are entirely on the same wave length -- we have the same approach to the different issues, which are of deep and grave concern to us, as they challenge and jeopardize peace in different parts of the world.
I repeat what I've already said, namely that we concur, our views concur on these matters, particularly on the issue of a possible agreement with the Iranians. And, therefore,
PRESIDENT BUSH: One question a side. Nedra.
Q Yes, thank you, Mr. President. President Chirac has proposed suspending the threat of sanctions against
PRESIDENT BUSH: First of all,
Secondly, we share the same goal; we'd like to solve this problem diplomatically. And we understand working together is important. And the Iranians have got to understand we share the same objective, and we're going to continue to strategize together.
The EU3 will continue to dialogue with the Iranians to get them to the table so that they will suspend, verifiably suspend their enrichment activities, in which case, the
But now is the time for the Iranians to come to the table. And that's what we discussed.
PRESIDENT CHIRAC: For the past two days I've had the opportunity to speak very clearly on the subject -- at least I hope I've been very clear -- and let me take this opportunity once again to say that the present views of the
PRESIDENT BUSH: Final question. Do you want to call on somebody?
Q (Asked in French.)
PRESIDENT CHIRAC: There never has been any ambiguity as to the positions adopted respectively by the Europeans, by the six, by the
Nonetheless, we have equally said that we cannot have negotiations if we do not have prior suspension, on the one hand, of uranium enrichment activity on the part of Iran, and on the other, on the part of the six, the agreement not to approach the Security Council on this matter, in particular, this will include the possibility of examining a sanction program.