French FM 'Skeptical' of Nuke Talks with Iran

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The United States and the European Union will renew negotiations with Iran over its nuclear weapons program.

The news comes after Iran agreed to allow United Nations inspectors visit a suspect nuclear complex in Parchin.

The United States and the U.N. believe economic sanctions and diplomacy will persuade the Islamic Republic to abandon its quest for nuclear weapons.

"Our approach to sanctions has been proven to be the right one -- not targeted against (the) population but meant to change the Iranian approach to the nuclear file," a senior European Union official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told reporters in Brussels.

"We don't want to have talks for talks," the official said. "We want concrete results. They are very, very important talks, and we do not want them to fail."

But French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said he's not convinced of the effectiveness of such a strategy.

He said Iran is using "double-speak" and has no intention of bargaining away its nuclear program. Juppe said he fears negotiations will break down, as they have in the past.

"That's why I think we have to continue to be extremely firm on sanctions, which in my view are the best way to prevent a military option that would have unforeseeable consequences," the French leader said.

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