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Iran nuke talks end without deal, France says won`t accept `fool`s game`

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 16:29

Zee Media Bureau/Supriya Jha

Tehran: The nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers failed to conclude with a deal as France appeared reluctant to accede to Tehran`s list of proposals, calling it a "con game".

However US Secretary of State John Kerry moderated the situation by saying that the talks had "narrowed the differences" and that they would work together to resolve further differences.

"We came to Geneva to narrow the differences and I can tell you without any exaggeration we ... narrowed the differences and clarified those that remain," Kerry, who rushed to Geneva on Friday to save the talks from collapsing, said.

"I think tonight there is a unity in our position and a unity in the purpose as we leave here, " Kerry added.

The bitter note was struck by France with its Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius telling a France Inter radio that Paris would not tolerate a "fool`s game".

Fabius was referring to a list of measures in a draft by Iran that would enable the uplifting of sanctions.

But France rejected the draft saying the measures were not enough.

The Geneva meeting allowed us to advance but we were not able to conclude because there are still some questions to be addressed," Fabius told reporters after the talks.

France rejected a joint list of demands on Iran, saying they were too generous to result in sanctions relief.

The talks between Iran and the sextet (p5+1), i.e, US, China, Britain, Russia, France and Germany which was aimed at securing a deal on curbing Iran`s nuke programme, ended without an agreement.
However, the EU said that the next round of talks will take place on Nov 20 and will be attended by top political officials from the P5+1 countries.
However, EU`s Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would be present.

First Published: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 10:35
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