- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2008

PARIS (AP) — Sen. Barack Obama said Friday that Iran should promptly accept an international call to freeze its uranium enrichment program, which some nations see as a potential step toward obtaining nuclear weapons.

Mr. Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris, where they discussed Iran, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, climate change and other issues.

Speaking later at a news conference, Mr. Obama said Iran should accept the proposals made by Mr. Sarkozy and other Western leaders. He urged Iran’s leaders not to wait for the next U.S. president to pressure them “because the pressure, I think, is only going to build.”

The United States and other Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to acquire nuclear weapons and demand that it freeze its uranium enrichment program. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Mr. Obama said that he and Mr. Sarkozy agreed that Iran poses “an extraordinarily grave situation.” He said the world must send “a clear message to Iran to end its illicit nuclear program.”

Mr. Obama also said that “Afghanistan is a war we have to win.” The Taliban and terrorist groups it supports, he said, pose an unacceptable threat to the United States, France and other nations.

“We’ve got to finish the job,” said Mr. Obama, who often has said the Iraq war was an unwise move that distracted the United States from efforts to find Osama bin Laden and other terrorist leaders and to root out the Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

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