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France: Iran nuclear commitments do not go far enough

Commitments offered by Iran in nuclear talks with 5+1 powers on its do not go far enough and more work needs to be done, French Foreign Minister said on Friday.

“We are in favour of a solid agreement … for now there remain difficulties,” he told reporters in Riga where he was taking part in an European Union foreign ministers’ meeting.

“There has been progress but as far as the volume, checks and duration of the envisaged commitments are concerned, the situation is still insufficient, so there is more work to be done,” he said.

However, the United States and France sought yesterday to play down any disagreements over nuclear talks with Iran, saying they both agreed the accord now under discussion needed to be strengthened.

“We are on the same page,” US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after talks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris. “If we didn’t think that there was further to go, as Laurent said, we’d have had an agreement already,” Kerry added.

“The reason we don’t have an agreement is, we believe there are gaps that have to be closed. There are things that have to be done to further strengthen this. We know this.”

Source: News agencies