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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will go to Vienna to Seal a Deal on Iran’s Nuclear Program
By admin June 26, 2015

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will travel to Vienna on Saturday to join talks with five other major powers. The talks are aimed at sealing a final deal on Iran’s nuclear program. As Fabius said, “any nuclear deal with Iran must be able to be verified.” He stated that the international community must be extremely firm and if an agreement is to be reached, it “must be robust.”

 

The major powers attending the talks are Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, who reached an accord with Iran in April. The deadline for the negotiations was set for June 30th but it is expected that they will need to be extended.  The discussions could resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.

 

Iranian negotiator, Abbas Araghchi stated that he hoped the meetings would bring “more discussion about the differences in several key issues,” since previous agreements have not been so easy, which have slowed the process. The negotiations have gone on for 21 months so far.

 

The upcoming agreement in Vienna must guarantee the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme, stated the P5+1 bloc, including Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany, which will end international concern that Iran is developing an atomic bomb.

 

However, the United States and France have expressed concern after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared on television on Tuesday to reject key provisions of the framework nuclear agreement.  In a speech on Iranian television, Khamenei rejected the limits that would be imposed on Tehran’s research and development of nuclear technology that is projected to progress over the next ten or more years.

 

According to previous agreements, Iran had agreed to “limit domestic enrichment capacity and research and development for 10 years.” However, in his speech, Khamenei stated, “freezing Iran’s research and development…is not acceptable.”

In the White House document, it explicitly states on four occasions that the research and development is to be limited and Iran’s use of advanced centrifuge model is banned for “at least” 10 years.

 

Currently, Iran’s Preserving Nuclear Rights Bill rules out International Atomic Energy Agency inspections of its military sites, which Iran claims violates the sovereignty that all sovereign nations hold sacred.  The bill also demands an “immediate” lift of all sanctions.  As Khamenei stated, “all financial and economic sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council, the US Congress or the US government should be lifted immediately when we sign a nuclear agreement.”

 

 

For more information:

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/25/us-iran-nuclear-fabius-idUSKBN0P51BH20150625

 

http://www.english.rfi.fr/france/20150622-france-says-nuclear-deal-iran-must-be-robust

 

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/24/nuclear-endgame-with-iran-at-hand.html

 

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/West-concerned-with-Irans-rhetoric-ahead-of-nuclear-deadline-407048


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