Laurent Fabius

France hopes Iran-Sextet deal goes through

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has expressed hope that Iran and six world powers will hammer out a deal during the ongoing nuclear talks in Geneva.

“I hope so,” Fabius told France 2 television on Thursday in response to a question about the possibility of an agreement on the second day of talks between Iran and the Sextet.

“But this agreement can only be possible based on firmness,” he added.

Fabius also said, “Iran has the right to a civilian nuclear program,” adding, “This is the common position we are defending.”

Iran and six world powers – the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – on Thursday started the second day of their new round of talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program in the Swiss city of Geneva.

During the last round of talks in Geneva in early November, a first-step agreement was within reach but the position taken by Fabius in favor of the Israeli regime and a lack of commitment by US Secretary of State John Kerry spoiled the negotiations.

A French diplomat said on Thursday that “we are now in a process and we’re entering the core of the subject.”

“The problem now is reconciling the red lines from both sides,” Reuters quoted the unnamed diplomat as saying.

Iran Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, also a nuclear negotiator, told Press TV on Thursday that the two sides agreed that any deal must include reciprocal measures.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran will not back down one iota from its rights, including its nuclear rights, and will never give in to pressure.

By Press TV


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