France torpedoed nuclear deal with Iran: Western diplomat

France has been behind the failure by the six countries involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran to reach a possible agreement with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear energy program, a Western diplomat close to the negotiations implies.

“The Americans, the EU and the Iranians have been working intensively together for months on this proposal, and this is nothing more than an attempt by [French Foreign Minister Laurent] Fabius to insert himself into relevance late in the negotiations,” said the Western diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Reuters reported.

The comments seem in retrospect to have been foreshadowed by remarks made by Fabius himself, who said in a radio interview in Geneva early on Saturday at the beginning of the third day of the nuclear talks that “Israel’s concerns” must be taken into consideration in the course of the nuclear negotiations.

“It is necessary to take fully into account Israel’s security concerns and those of the region,” he said.

Fabius also noted that there is “no certainty” whether Iran and six major world powers will reach an agreement at the current stage of their nuclear negotiations and said that there were many questions that still needed to be settled.

The comments by the French foreign minister came amid Israel’s deep anger over the likelihood of an agreement between Iran and the six world powers in the course of the nuclear talks.

Later on Saturday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said that he “draws encouragement from the fact that there are other partners to Israel’s concerns about the agreement shaping up,” hinting at the French foreign minister.

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “utterly” denounced a possible agreement in the nuclear talks as “very, very bad.”

The closed-door talks between Iran and the six world powers – Britain, France, China, Russia, the US and Germany – ended on Saturday in Geneva, Switzerland.

By Press TV

 

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