Paris: France`s foreign minister hinted today at divergences between Russia and Western countries currently involved in a decisive final round of talks with Iran to negotiate a deal on its controversial nuclear drive.
"Whereas until now the P5+1 (the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) had a very homogeneous attitude, in the past days representatives in the negotiations have put forward a certain number of different approaches between part of the 5+1 and our Russian partners," he told a parliamentary commission.
Fabius did not say what exactly the differences were between members of the P5+1, which has always presented a united front in negotiations with Iran on its nuclear programme.
"We would like the unity of the 5+1 to be preserved," he added, just as world powers are gathered in Vienna for the latest round of talks aimed at negotiating a deal before a July 20 deadline that would finally ease fears of Tehran obtaining nuclear weapons.
Fabius said "none of the main issues" had so far been resolved, citing for instance Iran`s capacities to enrich uranium, a process that produces nuclear fuel but also, at high purities, the core of an atomic bomb.