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24 November 2013 - Iran

Statement by Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs

After years of stalemate, the Geneva agreement that we’ve just signed on the Iranian nuclear issue is a major step forward for security and for peace. This agreement confirms Iran’s right to civilian nuclear energy, but totally excludes the possibility of any access to nuclear energy for military purposes.

The mechanism provides for intensive oversight and we must of course be vigilant with respect to its implementation. The discussions were lengthy and difficult and you will have noted that France played a full role in them because we wanted a strong agreement. Overall, and that’s what’s key, Geneva therefore represents an important – or even major - first step.

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