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‘Kerry distorts essence of Geneva talks’

A Russian diplomat says the remarks made by the US secretary of state about the Geneva talks on Iran’s nuclear program ‘distort the essence’ of the negotiations, stressing that it was not the “Iranians’ fault” that no deal was made.

During his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said all the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany had agreed on a proposal in Geneva.

“The French signed off on it, we signed off on it and everybody agreed it was a fair proposal. There was unity but Iran couldn’t take it,” Kerry stated.

Interfax quoted on Tuesday the Russian diplomat, whose name was not mentioned in the report, as saying, “The joint document that was drafted satisfied Iran, but since the decision at the talks is made by consensus, it was impossible to reach a final agreement.”

“But this was not the Iranians’ fault,” the Russian diplomat stated, rejecting Kerry’s remarks.

“Such interpretation utterly simplifies and even distorts the essence of what has happened in Geneva,” the Russian diplomat said.

Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany discussed Iran’s nuclear energy program behind closed doors in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. The intensive talks kicked off on November 7 and stretched into the early hours of November 10.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has also rejected Kerry’s comments.

In a post on Twitter on Monday, Zarif said, “Mr. Secretary, was it Iran that gutted over half of US draft Thursday night? And publicly commented against it Friday morning?”

“No amount of spinning can change what happened within 5+1 in Geneva… But it can further erode confidence,” the Iranian foreign minister added.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on November 9 at the beginning of the third day of talks that Paris did not accept the initial draft of the proposal.

He made the remarks after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 8 “utterly” denounced a possible agreement in the course of the nuclear talks as “very, very bad.”

“This is the deal that is proposed now. Iran does not roll back its nuclear making capacities at all but the P5+1 are rolling back sanctions. That’s a bad deal. It’s a dangerous deal,” he said.

Israel has been spearheading a campaign to block any possible deal over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

By Press TV


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