France– Obstacle to Iran Nuclear Peace?

In our last post we opined that media outlets seems more interested in blaming those it perceives as blocking a nuclear deal with Iran than the devil in the details of an agreement. Over the weekend a new scapegoat was found: France.

Consider this tweet from Al-Monitor’s industrious Laura Rozen:

Another p5 diplomat speaking not for attribution said no one p5 side telling them what going on, implied p5 divided, said it’s ‘outrageous’

What, exactly, is so outrageous about a lack of consensus within the P5+1?  If the Iranians have the upper hand in anything here, it’s that they don’t have nearly as much internal negotiating to do before they reach the table.

Back to France: while the Guardian was furious with Paris, the Washington Post dryly noted that Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

spoke of “several points that … we’re not satisfied with compared to the initial text,” telling France-Inter Radio his nation does not want to be part of a “con game.”

Now why would Fabius throw cold water on the party? More from the WP:

Iran’s Arak reactor southeast of Tehran could produce enough plutonium for several nuclear weapons a year once it goes online, which is expected to happen next year. Fabius said France was seeking a freeze on construction during negotiations.

He also spoke of disagreement over efforts to limit Iran’s uranium enrichment to levels that would require substantial further enriching before they could be used as the fissile core of a nuclear weapon.

Sounds reasonable to us (even if the media is disgruntled); we wouldn’t be surprised if Fabius heard something he didn’t like during a pre-negotiation visit to Paris by Iranian FM Zarif. Better to take another week or so for the sake of global peace and security; warm fuzzies can wait.

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5 comments on “France– Obstacle to Iran Nuclear Peace?
  1. […] and anger this past week toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who dared – supposedly like the French FM – to differ with the world’s powers on the Iran nuclear crisis. The press caught that one, […]

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  3. […] week, France found itself being cast as the villain responsible for allegedly sabotaging nuclear talk with Iran. At the time it seemed as if Paris […]

  4. solly says:

    why not do the same to ISRAEL who has so many nuclear bombs and they did not sign up to the but iran who has nothing at the moment has signed the treaty , how does christian [neo-cons] mind work , are they a bunch of brainless idiots ? supposed to be educated ?
    if you have nuclear bombs you are treated as some hero , if you don’t have you get bombed by a bunch of ass-holes !

  5. solly says:

    i have always bought french vehicles , about 5x vehicles every 3 years but now i will not support the french in any of their products , they can beg the israelis to buy from them !
    cape town
    south africa

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