Iran rejects blame for nuclear talks failure




 
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November 12th, 2013  
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Topic: Iran rejects blame for nuclear talks failure


Iran and Russia on Tuesday blamed friction among world powers for the failure of talks in Geneva that had come tantalisingly close to a landmark deal on Tehran's nuclear programme. The two states dismissed US Secretary of State John Kerry's claim that Iran had balked just as the so-called P5+1 world powers were closing in on a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief. "The P5+1 was unified on Saturday when we presented our proposal to the Iranians... But Iran couldn't take it," Kerry, who took part in the talks, said in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected Kerry's comments, while alluding to statements by his French counterpart Laurent Fabius, who has been pilloried in the Iranian media after reports emerged that he had scuppered the potential deal.




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