France: Questions Remain About Iran's Nukes

French Foreign Minister says there are still "key questions to resolve" before an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Laurent Fabius
Laurent Fabius

France said on Thursday that important questions still needed to be resolved regarding Iran's nuclear program but that it hoped to reach an agreement by the November 24 deadline that was imposed by Iran and the six world powers.

"I hope that we will be able to achieve an agreement but there are still key questions to resolve," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said at a news conference with Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni, according to the Reuters news agency.

"I can't make any predictions at this time. I think it will only be on the day of the 24th that we'll be able to make an assessment," Fabius said.

He added that he was setting aside a couple of days and nights to go to Vienna if needed for the end of the Iran talks, which are due to run from November 18 to 24.

The negotiations are aimed at turning an interim deal which was signed last year into a permanent accord.

Despite assurances it is confident of reaching a deal on November 24, Iran, has been toughening its stance in recent weeks. Iran’s chief negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, recently said he sees no prospect for a deal unless the other side abandons its “illogical excessive demands”.

A senior Iranian official followed those comments by declaring that Iran will demand that all Western sanctions be lifted as part of a final deal, rejecting an American proposal of a gradual lifting of sanctions.

U.S. President Barack Obama admitted on Sunday that there was a “big gap” between Iran and the six world powers, telling CBS News, “We may not be able to get there”.

Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart met for two days of talks this week in Oman, but Araqchi later said there was no progress in the talks.