“Referring back to the negotiations we had, my position was to say we want to have an agreement, but it has to be a solid one. At a preliminary stage, it wasn’t solid enough. So we had discussions — the P5+1. We decided on a common position. The Iranians said no in the first round. Then 10 days later, they turned around and said okay,” said the French foreigh minister.
In reply, an informed source at Iran’s foreign ministry rejected the remarks as “fabrication of facts”, saying Iran’s insistence on its rights during the talks countered France’s demands and finally resulted in securing the long-awaited deal.
The source added that during the talks, Iran maintained its stance and Tehran’s insistence forced other parties to change their stances.
Fabius has already come under fire for playing ‘bad cop’ in the Geneva talks. He had dashed the hopes that a deal would be hammered out during the negotiations.
The two sides on November 24, 2013, clinched an interim six-month deal in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The breakthrough deal (the Joint Plan of Action), which has come into effect since January 20, stipulates that over the course of six months, Iran and the six countries will draw up a comprehensive nuclear deal which will lead to a lifting of the whole sanctions on Iran.
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