By Jeremy Herb - 12/19/13 09:53 AM EST
The French foreign minister on Wednesday expressed doubts that Iran and the six world powers would be able to reach a final nuclear agreement.
"Then my main concern is the second phase,” he said. “It is unclear if the Iranians will accept to definitively abandon any capacity of getting a weapon or only agree to interrupt the nuclear program."
The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia — are trying to negotiate a final deal with Tehran to follow the six-month agreement was struck. The parties are also currently negotiating how to implement the interim deal, which trades some sanctions relief for a curbing of Iran’s nuclear program.
The French took a hard bargaining position during the first round of talks, and Fabius said daily inspections at Iran’s nuclear sites must begin before sanctions relief is granted.