France's Fabius says 'not enough' progress in Iran talks

1st April 2015, Comments 0 comments

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday high-stake talks aimed at stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb had not yet made enough progress to reach a deal.

Iran and P5+1 powers -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany -- have been locked in marathon talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne, but missed a midnight Tuesday deadline to reach a framework agreement over Tehran's disputed nuclear activities.

Negotiations resumed on Wednesday for a seventh unscheduled day in the hope of reaching what negotiators hope will be a historic deal.

"There has been progress, but not enough yet for... us to be able to immediately reach a conclusion," Fabius told iTele television after attending a weekly cabinet meeting in Paris.

"I will go back to Lausanne as soon as is necessary," said Fabius, who has taken a hawkish line on the negotiations.

"We made progress, but not on all issues, I left my political director behind, I am in contact with him.

"My Russian and Chinese colleagues have left. My American, Iranian and two other colleagues remain."

Fabius said at the weekend he was insisting that any deal included mechanisms to ensure that the Islamic republic, which denies wanting nuclear weapons, complies with its commitments.


© 2015 AFP

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