Hollande, Obama say 'up to Iran' to accept nuclear deal

PARIS (AFP) - French President Francois Hollande and US President Barack Obama on Wednesday jointly urged Iran to accept a deal presented by world powers on its nuclear programme, Hollande's office said.

In a statement issued after a call between the two leaders, they also expressed support for the text of an agreement put forward by world powers at recent talks in Geneva.

"The two heads of state expressed their shared determination to obtain from Iran every guarantee that it will finally give up its military nuclear programme," the statement said.

Hollande and Obama "confirmed their full support for the text agreed" by the P5+1 group of world powers at this weekend's talks, which they said forms "the basis for a serious, solid and credible agreement".

"Now it is up to Iran to give a positive answer," the statement said.

Iran and world powers failed to agree a deal on Teheran's disputed nuclear programme at talks in Geneva at the weekend but are planning to meet again on November 20 for further negotiations.

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