Press Briefing by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman on the Iran Nuclear Issue (Excerpts)

October 16, 2013

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Iran/nuclear issue


Q. –Are you encouraged so far by how the discussions are going in Geneva? If the negotiation makes progress, could France ease the bilateral sanctions on Iran, particularly in the automotive industry?

THE SPOKESMAN: As you know, the discussions between the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran began yesterday in Geneva. They're continuing today. Decisions are being taken in this framework. Progress will be reviewed following these discussions.

There are no bilateral sanctions on Iran, but a series of measures, based on the Security Council resolutions, to which independent American and European measures have been added to induce Tehran to honour its nuclear non-proliferation commitments.

France is determined to find a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear crisis. This is the thrust of the twofold approach, combining sanctions and dialogue, with Tehran.

A window of opportunity exists today with President Rouhani's declared wish to negotiate constructively. As we've always said, we're now waiting for concrete gestures and will remain vigilant.

This is the thrust of the messages President Hollande and the Foreign Minister conveyed to their Iranian counterparts, Messrs Rouhani and Zarif, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

France's Political Director spoke to the Iranian negotiator this morning.