French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C) walks with others during a break in a meeting with world representatives seeking to pin down a nuclear deal with Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne March 31, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

France cautious over Iranian nuclear deal

PARIS (AP) — France’s foreign minister says his country held out for firmer conditions in the preliminary agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, and remains cautious about its success.

Laurent Fabius acknowledged on Europe-1 radio Friday that the agreement reached between Iran and six world powers is a “very important” step.

But he noted that it’s only a preliminary move, and “the end of the road is the end of June,” the deadline for a comprehensive agreement. The long-awaited accord aims at curbing Iran’s nuclear activities and providing sanctions relief.

Fabius said France rejected the original draft as not “solid enough,” and the Iranian delegation threatened to leave the talks.

He said France wants a firm deal “to prevent other countries in the Gulf such as Saudi Arabia from embarking on nuclear proliferation.”

By The Associated Press