The US has rejected a suggestion by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad for a television debate on world affairs between himself and US President George W. Bush. US officials described Ahmedinejad’s proposal, made on Tuesday, as a diversionary tactic with the UN deadline for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment up tomorrow. With a standoff now imminent, France has urged the international community to remain united saying division would be a victory for the Iranians. French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told EuroNews that Paris wants the door for talks to remain open. “I hear that Iran would like to enter into negotiations or discussions. I would like to say that France, too, wishes to open dialogue with the Iranians as long as it is – with our partners – concrete, transparent, and constructive,” he said. Iran has shown little sign it will stop enriching uranium and shrugs off the threat of sanctions. It says such a move would simply push up oil prices to levels intolerable to industrialised countries.