Accepting Russia’s “Step-by-Step” Proposal Not Enough
Hours after Iran and Russia agreed on the new Russian “step-by-step” proposal as the first step to restart nuclear talks between Iran and the six major powers, France said Iran also must implement all six UN Security Council resolutions calling for the halt to its uranium enrichment program.
"We have constantly affirmed that Iran must implement the six Security Council resolutions concerning its nuclear program," French Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Christine Fages said in answer to questions on the Russian proposal [AFP, 17 August].
France maintains that the Iranian program, especially the rapid acceleration of enriching uranium to 20 percent purity, has no credible civilian use and could be part of a nuclear weapon production program. France has also questioned Iran’s missile program, regarding it as part of the country’s nuclear weaponization drive.
Iran has consistently denied any intentions to build the bomb, but has forcefully argued that enriching uranium for civilian use is its alienable right and it will not stop it and it has also argued that its missile program is defensive in nature.