November 11, 2013 4:26 pm


French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are “not far” from reaching a nuclear deal with Iran.

“We are not far from an agreement with the Iranians, but we are not there yet,” Fabius told Europe 1 radio on Monday.

Iran and the six world powers – Britain, France, China, Russia and, the US plus Germany – concluded their three-day negotiations early on Sunday in Geneva. Both sides have agreed to resume talks on November 20.

Denying that France hampered a possible deal between Tehran and the six powers during the talks, Fabius said Paris does not follow the policies of other countries and pursues an independent foreign policy.

“We are firm, but not rigid. We want peace, and we want to reach the end,” the French foreign minister added.

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear energy program failed to reach an agreement due to France’s objection that “the terms of a preliminary accord were too easy on Tehran,” Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

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