'Significant' questions remain on nuclear issue: France

16th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

France said Friday that "significant" questions remained before a deal on Iran's nuclear programme can be struck, after its foreign minister met his Iranian counterpart.

"Laurent Fabius raised with Mohammad Javad Zarif the significant questions that remain to be solved," according to a statement from the French foreign ministry.

Zarif also met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris earlier Friday to discuss negotiations for a nuclear deal.

The pair, who held marathon talks in Geneva earlier this week in a bid to nail down a deal, were taking the opportunity to meet again in the French capital on separate diplomatic trips.

Their talks lasted just under an hour, a US official said.

The new Zarif-Kerry talks came as their negotiators were also meeting in Geneva.

Global powers leading the talks, known as the P5+1 are due to open negotiations on Sunday in the Swiss city as a deadline looms for a comprehensive deal which would rein in Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for relief from a tight network of sanctions.

Both sides have remained tight-lipped about whether any progress is being made.

© 2015 AFP

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