Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sent a robust response to speculation on why nuclear talks with western powers broke down.
In what is seen by analysts as a direct reference to France he blamed one country for the talks failure and stressed again the need for sanctions to be lifted.
“Maybe one or two of them, mostly one country started to feel that the situation was slipping our of their control. Any solution must include lifting all bilateral and multilateral sanctions as well as the sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council,” he said on Iran’s state TV.
US Secretary of State John Kerry had told reporters Iran had been unable to accept the deal, “at that particular moment.” In rejecting that claim Zarif is reported as saying “no amount of spinning” could change what happened in Geneva but it could “further erode confidence.”
There has been speculation the latest talks failed because France had wanted to place tight restrictions on the heavy-water plant being built at Arak.
Iran stresses its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only while western nations suspect Tehran’s aim is to develop nuclear weapons. The talks are scheduled to resume on November 20.