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Hollande backs Israel on Iran nuclear deal, pledges to keep 'demands and sanctions' in place
Published time: November 17, 2013 20:13
French President Francois Hollande assured Israel on Sunday that France will oppose the easing of sanctions on Iran until it is certain that Tehran has ended its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“France will not give way on nuclear proliferation. So long as we are not certain that Iran has renounced nuclear arms, we will keep in place all our demands and sanctions,” Hollande said during a welcoming ceremony at Tel Aviv’s airport at the beginning of his three-day visit to Israel.
The French president’s words give support to an intense campaign by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to toughen the terms of a proposed nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the third round of talks in Geneva this week.
But Iranian policymaker and scholar Seyed Hossein Mousavian told RT that France is blocking a peaceful deal because of unfounded claims by Israel.
“France has blocked the peaceful deal because of Israeli claims. I think this is a historical mistake France is making. It was for twenty years they [Israel] are saying that Iran will possess a nuclear bomb within one year, or two years, therefore it has been proven to the international community that the Israelis are lying,” he said.
Iran will likely be the most important subject on the agenda during talks between the Israeli and French leaders. Israel praised France for taking a tough line against Iran during the last round of negotiations on November 7-8. Meanwhile, Tehran has accused Paris of deliberately blocking an agreement.