France, Iran trade barbs but ministers may come for nuclear deal




 
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France, Iran trade barbs but ministers may come for nuclear deal
 
November 21st, 2013  
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Topic: France, Iran trade barbs but ministers may come for nuclear deal


France, Iran trade barbs but ministers may come for nuclear deal
By John Irish and Parisa Hafezi GENEVA (Reuters) - France and Iran traded tough words on Thursday as major powers struggled to finalize an interim deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, with Paris urging the West to remain firm and Tehran deploring a loss of trust. Each side appeared to be tempering anticipation of an imminent breakthrough after the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from Tehran in the last round of negotiations two weeks ago. Several Western diplomats said there was a good chance U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry would join foreign ministers from the other five members of the six nation group in Geneva in another attempt to nail down a long elusive deal with Iran. But there was no guarantee an accord designed to start removing the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapons capability - an intention it denies having - would be struck.




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