Obama calls on Iran to move quickly on nuclear issues

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Obama calls on Iran to move quickly on nuclear issues

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U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama has called on Iran to quickly accept an offer of trade and technical incentives to halt its uranium
enrichment programme.

Speaking at a joint news conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, The Democratic hopeful said Iran should not wait for the next U.S. president to be elected to accept the offer from
the six world powers.

“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.

Obama also praised Sarkozy for working hard to strengthen ties between Washington and Paris.

“The American people greatly appreciate President Sarkozy’s approach to the relationship between our two countries, when he came as a president he was treated like a rockstar,” he added.

Admiration shared by Sarkozy who came close to endorsing Obama.

“I had the pleasure of meeting the Senator in 2006 when we spoke passionately about what was going on in Darfur – just two of us in this office. One of us has become president, the other only has to do the same thing, but that’s not interference,” he joked.

Obama will fly to London where he will end his tour on Saturday after talks with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, opposition Conservative leader David Cameron and the former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.