French: ‘no significant progress’ in Iran nuclear talks

France said Friday that six-power talks with the Iranian regime being held in New York had failed to yield progress with only two months left to reach a deal on curbing its nuclear program.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told journalists on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York: “At this time as I speak, there is no significant progress” in new round of negotiations between the Iranian regime and the P5+1 group comprised of Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany which opened last Friday.

“We will be quickly meeting again. We regret that there has been no progress,” said Fabius.

“The goal of an agreement is to ensure that Iran under no circumstances will acquire a nuclear weapon,” Fabius added.

“We must talk about the Arak reactor, the centrifuges. If Iran renounces plans to develop a nuclear weapon, there is no need to have an incommensurable number of centrifuges.”

Fabius said there were some possibilities of progress notably on the Arak reactor and its level of plutonium production, which has raised fears that it could serve military purposes.

“There are some points on which there is some opening, possibilities, notably on Arak. But on others, there is no progress,” he said.

Western diplomats headed into the talks last week saying they did not expect a breakthrough in this round, but hoped to narrow the gaps.

Source: AFP

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