France Is Holding Up an Iran Nuke Deal

Global Security Newswire Staff
Add to Briefcase
See more stories about...
Global Security Newswire Staff
Nov. 11, 2013, 3:02 a.m.

There might be a his­tor­ic nuc­le­ar deal on the table between the five ma­jor world powers and Ir­an if it wasn’t for that med­dling France. Word com­ing out of ne­go­ti­ations in Geneva this week­end points to France as the lone hol­d­out for stricter sanc­tions than those agreed to by oth­er coun­tries. 

There was plenty of op­tim­ism head­ing in­to Sat­urday ne­go­ti­ations. But after mara­thon ne­go­ti­ations, France raised is­sues with the agree­ment on the table. The five of U.N. Se­cur­ity Coun­cil’s per­man­ent coun­tries — China, Bri­tain, France, Rus­sia and the U.S. — are bar­gain­ing for a short-term agree­ment with Ir­an to re­strain the coun­try’s con­tro­ver­sial nuc­le­ar pro­gram and make it more trans­par­ent. In ex­change, the five coun­tries have agreed to lim­ited scale backs of in­ter­na­tion­al sanc­tions. France de­cided Sat­urday a deal must in­clude calls for Ir­an to shut­down its Arak nuc­le­ar re­act­or that “could pro­duce enough plutoni­um for sev­er­al nuc­le­ar weapons a year once it goes on­line,” ac­cord­ing to NBC News. There is so far no proof Ir­an has any in­ten­tion to build nuc­le­ar weapons. “As I speak to you, I can­not say there is any cer­tainty that we can con­clude,” French For­eign Min­is­ter Laurent Fabi­us told France Inter ra­dio. He said his coun­try couldn’t ac­cept a “suck­er’s deal”.

But oth­er dip­lo­mats are very clearly not pleased with their French coun­ter­part. More than a few were per­fectly fine with throw­ing France un­der the bus to the press. Per Re­u­ters

“The Amer­ic­ans, the EU and the Ir­a­ni­ans have been work­ing in­tens­ively to­geth­er for months on this pro­pos­al, and this is noth­ing more than an at­tempt by Fabi­us to in­sert him­self in­to rel­ev­ance late in the ne­go­ti­ations,” the dip­lo­mat told Re­u­ters, speak­ing on con­di­tion of an­onym­ity.

Is­rael will prob­ably be pleased with France’s be­ha­vi­or. Ne­go­ti­ations con­tin­ued late Sat­urday but a deal seemed fur­ther away than most ex­pec­ted Sat­urday morn­ing. All hope is not lost. Ir­a­ni­an For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­hammad Javad Za­rif told re­port­ers ne­go­ti­ations “will con­tin­ue in one week or 10 days,” if a deal isn’t reached this week­end.

Re­prin­ted with per­mis­sion from the At­lantic Wire. The ori­gin­al story — which ran on Sat­urday, Nov. 9 — can be found here.

What We're Following See More »
CITES CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Lieberman Withdraws from Consideration for FBI Job
4 days ago
THE LATEST
MINIMUM 2 PERCENT GDP
Trump Tells NATO Countries To Pay Up
4 days ago
BREAKING
MANAFORT AND FLYNN
Russians Discussed Influencing Trump Through Aides
4 days ago
THE DETAILS

"American spies collected information last summer revealing that senior Russian intelligence and political officials were discussing how to exert influence over Donald J. Trump through his advisers." The conversations centered around Paul Manafort, who was campaign chairman at the time, and Michael Flynn, former national security adviser and then a close campaign surrogate. Both men have been tied heavily with Russia and Flynn is currently at the center of the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Source:
BUT WHITE HOUSE MAY USE AGAINST HIM ANYWAY
Ethics Cops Clear Mueller to Work on Trump Case
6 days ago
THE LATEST

"Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by U.S. Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee an investigation into possible collusion between then-candidate Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russia." Some had speculated that the White House would use "an ethics rule limiting government attorneys from investigating people their former law firm represented" to trip up Mueller's appointment. Jared Kushner is a client of Mueller's firm, WilmerHale. "Although Mueller has now been cleared by the Justice Department, the White House may still use his former law firm's connection to Manafort and Kushner to undermine the findings of his investigation, according to two sources close to the White House."

Source:
BUSINESSES CAN’T PLEAD FIFTH
Senate Intel to Subpoena Two of Flynn’s Businesses
6 days ago
THE LATEST

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-VA) will subpoena two businesses owned by former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Burr said, "We would like to hear from General Flynn. We'd like to see his documents. We'd like him to tell his story because he publicly said he had a story to tell."

×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login