France has called for caution as top diplomats seem to be on the verge of a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran. FM Laurent Fabius said that, although France hopes a deal is clinched, there is “no certainty” of a deal at the Geneva talks.
While diplomatic heavyweights from US, Russia, China, UK and Germany are calling to seize the moment and seal a deal with Iran, Paris has voiced its doubts. Urging caution, Fabius told French radio that there were still pressing issues that needed to be resolved before any agreement could be struck.
“There are still a couple of points that we are not satisfied with,” Laurent Fabius told French radio station France Inter, adding that the Arak nuclear plant and the 20 percent enriched uranium stock were of particular concern to France.
“We are for an agreement, that’s clear. But the agreement has got to be serious and credible. The initial text made progress but not enough,” he said, adding the France should avoid falling for “a fool’s game.”
The international community suspects that Iran is enriching uranium with a view to creating atomic weapons, something that Tehran has always denied. To allay these fears the Iranian government has offered a number of concessions, including reducing uranium enrichment to 5 percent, far from the 20 percent necessary for the construction of a nuclear bomb, according to the UK’s Telegraph newspaper.
In addition, Iran said it would not activate its plutonium reactor at Arak for a period of six months and limit the use of its centrifuges.
In return, Iran asks that financial sanctions that have crippled its economy be removed.
France also said that Israel’s security concerns could not be ignored at the Geneva talks. Earlier Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned US Secretary of State John Kerry and his European counterparts that Israel rejects any deal with Iran. Moreover, Netanyahu said that the international community should accept nothing less than the total disbandment of Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Israeli government has called for the world not to be fooled by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s“charm offensive.”
“One should not be taken in by Rouhani’s deceptive words,” Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. “The same Rouhani boasted in the past how he deceived the international community with nuclear talks, even as Iran was continuing with its nuclear program.” see more