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France casts doubt on final nuclear deal with Iran: report

Published on Dec 19, 2013 5:56 PM

PARIS (AFP) - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius cast doubt on Thursday on the chances of a final nuclear deal between the West and Iran, as delicate talks were set to resume in Geneva.

Mr Fabius, one of the key players in the negotiations with Tehran, told the Wall Street Journal that he was unsure if the Islamic republic would dismantle all its nuclear capabilities to a degree where making a weapon would no longer be possible.

Under a landmark Nov 24 deal struck in Geneva, Iran agreed to roll back parts of its nuclear programme for six months in exchange for modest sanctions relief and a promise by Western powers not to impose new sanctions.

Mr Fabius said this process, which he called the first phase, had to "be honestly implemented".

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