Tuesday, September 19, 2006

During U.N. talks, Bush hints at Iran sanctions

President to try persuading skeptical leaders about his Mideast policy

UNITED NATIONS - Ahead of his speech to other world leaders gathered here, President Bush on Tuesday said Iran must immediately begin negotiations on its nuclear program and warned Tehran that delay would bring consequences.

Iran’s defiant pursuit of a nuclear program was at the top of the agenda when Bush met with French President Jacques Chirac on the sidelines of the three-day U.N. General Assembly meeting. The French leader is balking at the U.S. drive to sanction Iran for defying Security Council demands that it freeze uranium enrichment.

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