BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) – French President Jacques Chirac said Saturday that his country’s position on Iran’s nuclear program has not changed, after his foreign minister accused Tehran of having a secret nuclear weapons program.
“The position of France has absolutely not changed,” Chirac told a news conference in Bangkok after talks with Thai officials.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy on Thursday in Paris called Iran’s nuclear activity a “clandestine military nuclear program” and accused Tehran of ignoring the international community’s demand to suspend all nuclear activity.
It was France’s most direct attack on Tehran in an escalating international dispute.
Iran earlier this month resumed small-scale uranium enrichment, insisting the program is for nuclear energy, not arms.