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Publié le April 25, 2014
Hearing of M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, before the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committee
Paris, April 15, 2014


The discussions with Iran are continuing at political director level. For the time being, the dispute with Russia over Ukraine isn’t having any impact on the negotiations, but there’s a rumour that a huge contract might be signed between Iran and Russia; in this event, the notion of international sanctions would no longer have much meaning. The P5+1 group’s line is as follows: yes to the development of civilian nuclear energy, no to atomic weapons. This guiding principle has implications for Iran’s uranium enrichment programme and for the use of the Arak reactor. We’d like to sign an agreement on this, but because we’ve had no assurance that what’s been said will be honoured, we want to have enough time to react if need be; a measure to this effect is necessary. And because we don’t want the Iranian nuclear programme to have a military aspect, we’re asking the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to verify what’s been done by Iran, because we can’t rule out the possibility that, despite the checks already done, some elements might have escaped us. The agreement can be signed only if it’s thoroughly rigorous. (…)./.