Iran blames Western powers for nuclear talks failure


BBC – Iran’s foreign minister has blamed divisions between Western powers for the failure to agree a deal on its nuclear programme on Saturday.

Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected US Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that Iran had been unable to accept the deal “at that particular moment”.

He said “no amount of spinning” could change what had happened in Geneva, but it could “further erode confidence”.

Mr Zarif appeared to blame France for “gutting over half” of a US draft deal.

Representatives from Iran and the so-called P5+1 – the US, UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany – will meet again on 20 November.

Iran stresses that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only, but world powers suspect it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

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