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US Politicians, Media Blame France for Washington’s Failure in Geneva Talks


Several US politicians and media blamed France for the dead-end in the recent talks between Iran and the six world powers (the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany) in Geneva on November 7-9.
The public opinion in the US say that the US has to pay a heavy price for the negative stance of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Geneva.

Fabius, who was not invited to the Geneva talks, called EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urging that he needs to be present in the G5+1 talks with Iran after Ashton had called US Secretary of State John Kerry to invite him to Geneva. Surprised Ashton was then forced to call in British and German foreign ministers to the talks as well.

Fabius then appeared on several media and warned that Israel’s “concerns” must be taken into consideration.

“It is necessary to take fully into account Israel’s security concerns and those of the region,” Fabius told France Inter radio in Geneva at the beginning of the third day of talks between Iran and the world powers.

Robert Einhorn, former special advisor for nonproliferation and arms control in the Obama administration, pointed to Iran’s seriousness in the nuclear talks, and said that in the upcoming talks Iran will be the winner even in the absence of an agreement, because the US and its allies have been recognized as the party responsible for the failure in the talks and this will in turn result in the automatic removal of the international sanctions imposed against Iran.

Einhorn’s statements indicate Washington’s chronic concern, because the US officials have always tried in their general diplomacy to show the US and the West as supporters of negotiations and agreement with Iran and show Iran as responsible for the failure of the negotiations and in this way to persuade countries to implement US policies and intensify the sanctions against Iran.

Foreign Policy wrote that France’s negative stance vis-à-vis the nuclear deal has two negative consequences: First after defeat of the negotiations only the military option will remain that no one even France does not support, and second if France insists on its stances, the US and Britain will most probably reduce their cooperation with France.

New York Times quoted disarmament experts as saying that due to the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over Arak Heavy Water Reactor and the reactor’s start of operations by the end of 2014, despite France’s viewpoints, there is no immediate concern about Arak Reactor.

The US realized that it has come to be the loser of public diplomacy due to France’s opposition, and the public opinion in the US and the world consider the West as responsible for the failure in negotiations, therefore US Secretary of State John Kerry in a futile scenario in the UAE tried to introduce Iran as blocking progress in the talks.

Kerry, while on a trip to the UAE, told Emirati officials that Iran has refrained from accepting the agreement proposed by the Group 5+1.

In relevant remarks, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to Kerry’s remarks, saying, “Mr. Secretary, was it Iran that gutted over half the US draft on Thursday night, and publicly commented against it Friday morning.”

Kerry made the remarks while it was Fabius who blatantly opposed a deal.

“No amount of spinning can change what happened within the (six powers) in Geneva from 6 pm Thursday to 5:45 Saturday. But it can erode confidence,” he added.

The latest round of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 was held in Geneva from November 7-9.

The two sides described the talks as constructive and progressive and decided to continue their discussions on November 20.

Meanwhile, all diplomats present in Geneva had stressed that there has been progress in the nuclear talks with Iran.

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