France says deal with Iran must be robust, guarantee no atomic bomb

France`s foreign minister said on Saturday that his country wanted an agreement over Iran`s nuclear programme that was sufficiently robust to guarantee that Tehran could not acquire an atomic bomb. 

Reuters| Last Updated: Mar 21, 2015, 14:05 PM IST

Lausanne: France`s foreign minister said on Saturday that his country wanted an agreement over Iran`s nuclear programme that was sufficiently robust to guarantee that Tehran could not acquire an atomic bomb. 

"France wants an agreement, but a robust one that really guarantees that Iran can have access to civilian nuclear power, but not the atomic bomb," Laurent Fabius told Europe 1 radio. 

Iran and six world powers suspended negotiations on a nuclear agreement on Friday and are set to meet again next week to break a deadlock over sensitive atomic research and lifting of sanctions. France has been demanding more stringent restrictions on the Iranians under any deal than the other Western delegations, officials said.