Kerry Meets Allies in Paris Over Iran's Nuclear Program

U.S. secretary of state says 'deficiencies and divergences' remain over reaching a 'solid agreement.'

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks during a news conference with France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris March 7, 2015.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks during a news conference with France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris March 7, 2015.Credit: Reuters
DPA
DPA

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday there were still "deficiencies and divergences" over reaching a "solid agreement" with Iran on its controversial nuclear program.

Kerry was speaking in Paris where he met European counterparts to discuss progress in the latest negotiations with Iran.

The United States is leading the talks that world powers have been holding with Tehran over the program, which many suspect is geared towards the production of nuclear weapons - something Iran denies.

Kerry's visit to Paris was to confer with the French, German and British foreign ministers - Laurent Fabius, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Philip Hammond - as well as the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini.

The international talks with Iran also include Russia and China.

Of the international talks, Mogherini said: "Negotiations are still ongoing. There will not be a deal if it is not a good deal. Everybody in the world has to be sure that the deal we are working at is a deal that guarantees that there is no military possibility ... to the nuclear program of Iran."

Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran are to pick up again on March 15 after three days of recent talks in Switzerland.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he was confident about the upcoming talks.

"The prospects for success are better than the prospects of failure," the Iranian news agency IRNA quoted him as saying on Saturday.

But, he added: "Failure would not be the end of the world."

The international powers are ready to offer Iran sanctions relief in return for Iran limiting its nuclear programs.

Israel in particular has expressed strong opposition to the talks with Iran, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning during a controversial speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday that he believed the deal being worked on would be a "bad" one.

On Thursday, speaking in the Saudi capital Riyadh, Kerry sought to reassure Arab Gulf states worried about Iran's nuclear ambitions by saying a safer region "begins by preventing (Iran) from having a nuclear weapon."

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments