Obama, French president talk about Iran
President Obama and French counterpart Francois Hollande spoke Wednesday about Iran, saying the regime in Tehran must guarantee that its nuclear program will be used for energy production, not weapons.
A White House readout of the telephone conversation said that Obama, Hollande and their negotiation partners support "a sound step toward assuring the international community that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful."
Hollande's office said that he and Obama "expressed their common will to obtain from Iran guarantees that it is definitively abandoning its military nuclear program."
Iran has always said its nuclear program is designed to generate energy; Israel and officials in other countries aren't so sure.
The White House readout:
"The President and President Hollande spoke today as part of their ongoing discussions on shared security interests, including recent developments related to Iran.
"The United States and France are in full agreement regarding the P5+1's unified proposal to Iran and the approach to negotiations. They consider the P5+1 proposal to be a sound step toward assuring the international community that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.
"The United States deeply values its relationship with France, including as NATO allies, and we will continue to consult closely on global security."