France says no Iran deal without access to military sites

French foreign minister says his country will not back nuclear deal unless Iran allows inspections to military sites

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

France has said it will not sign any nuclear deal unless Iran allows access to its nuclear installations, including military sites.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Wednesday "France will not accept [a deal] if it is not clear that inspections can be done at all Iranian installations, including military sites."

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei rejected on May 20 “arrogant demands” of Western countries for access to all Iranian nuclear facilities.

Speaking to French lawmakers in Paris on Wednesday, Fabius urged all the other countries in the negotiations to take the same position.

France’s ambassador to the United States, Gérard Araud, said on Tuesday: “It is very likely that we won’t have an agreement before the end of June or even after June.”

Similarly, Iran’s state news agency quoted on Wednesday a high ranking negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, as saying the negotiations would “continue until the deadline and could continue beyond that.”

A framework deal was reached on April 2 in Switzerland, limiting Iran’s nuclear enrichment capacity in exchange for an easing of crippling economic sanctions.

Western countries say Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, which Iran denies.

TRTWorld and agencies